Cristina Stefan is the President-Elect of AORTIC (African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer). She will be President of AORTIC 2017-2019. She is also Vice-President of the South African Medical Research Council.
At present, as Vice President of SAMRC, she is responsible for the strategic planning of research (with a special focus on NCDs) as well as education, building up capacity, providing leadership and assuming accountability for the strategical and operational planning of the organization. She remains strongly involved in international networking assuring the most effective and efficient global collaborations.
A pediatrician by profession, she qualified a few years later as an oncologist, completing also a Masters in Epidemiology at York University in the UK and a PhD in medical education.
She chaired until 2014 the pediatric hematology oncology unit at Tygerberg Hospital, Stellenbosch University, where she founded the African Cancer Institute following her continuous involvement and work with numerous African countries. She is the Vice-president Southern Africa Aortic, co-chair of African research, chair of pediatric oncology and chair of African Cancer Economics network.
Her activity included the first twinning program in oncology between two African countries, cancer education and research activities, cancer registry as well as contributions to various African National Cancer Control Plans. She serves as an advisor to the Minister of Health in South Africa and various other African committees and groups.