Mary Anne Bright, RN, MN
Director, Office of Cancer Information Services
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
With a background in oncology nursing, cancer information and education, health communication and federal program administration, Ms. Mary Anne Bright holds a variety of leadership positions. As Branch Chief of the Contact Center and Patient Inquiries Branch, within the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Communication and Public Liaison, Ms. Bright ensures integrated and quality communications with a diversity of audiences, and establishes liaisons within the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other government agencies.
The Contact Center and Patient Inquiries Branch is responsible for the NCI’s Cancer Information Service and the Public Inquiries Office. In conjunction with this role, Ms. Bright is also the Director of the NCI’s Cancer Information Service (CIS) Contact Center, serving the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and U.S. associated Pacific territories. The CIS is a resource for cancer information and education and a leader in helping people become active participants in their own health care.
As Director of CIS, Ms. Bright oversees the dissemination of cancer information through the nationwide 1-800-4-CANCER toll-free number, chat, email and mobile in English and Spanish as well as smoking cessation services through the National Cancer Institute’s Quitline (1-877-44-U-QUIT). Ms. Bright also oversees the CIS Contact Center to improve the delivery of cancer information to patients, friends and families of patients, and the public.
In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ms. Bright is actively involved in the U. S. National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines. Ms. Bright holds numerous honors and awards and is a member of the board of directors of the International Cancer Information Service Group.