Elise Kreiss, MSW, MBA
Senior Program Specialist
Ms. Kreiss joined the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) as the Senior Program Specialist in October of 2003. Originally working out of the Clinical Grants and Contracts Branch (CGCB), in 2010 she joined the Office of the Associate Director for CTEP, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD), where she continues to serve as Senior Program Specialist, as well as Special Assistant to the Associate Director for CTEP. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland.
Ms. Kreiss is the principal financial contact for the Cooperative Group Program, and ensures that Program requirements are met for these cooperative agreements. Along with the Project Officer, she provides program and financial oversight to the Experimental Therapeutics Development with Phase II Emphasis research contract program. Ms. Kreiss, along with her assistant and with the support of CGCB, performs several central functions in the management of CTEP contracts. She is an on-site resource for policy information; helps Project Officers with the recompetition process, and monitors contract spending. Ms. Kreiss collaborates with the Project Officer on the Cancer Trials Support Unit contract, where her work with the Cooperative Groups dovetails with activities on the contract.
Ms. Kreiss’s early work experience was in a federally funded community health center in south Baltimore City, where she served jointly as a social worker and as the Center’s Public Relations Representative.
Ms. Kreiss has served within the National Institutes of Health since 1986. She worked for several years as an Administrative Officer in support of laboratory activities of the Developmental Therapeutics Program, both on the Bethesda campus, and in Frederick. She served as Division Administrative Officer of the Division of Extramural Activities, NCI, and later as Program Analyst for the Extramural Deputy Director, NCI. She was Chief of the NIH Assistance and Review Branch under the Small Purchases Branch, NIH. The Branch provided assistance to users of the DELPRO program across the NIH, and performed audits on DELPRO user sites. She held dual positions with the National Institute on Aging as both the Principal Administrative Officer of the Intramural Research Program and Acting Chief of the NIA Research Resources Branch, overseeing the Gerontology Research Center Library, Arts and Photography Unit, Computer Networking Unit, Animal Care Unit, Purchasing Unit, a variety of facility maintenance contracts, and the intramural administrative staff, both in Baltimore and on the Bethesda campus.
Dr. Abrams is currently the Acting Director for Clinical Research in the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD) at NCI and also is Associate Director of the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP). After completing his medical oncology fellowship (University of Maryland, 1984), Dr. Abrams joined the University of Maryland faculty from 1985-1992 where he directed their Breast Cancer Evaluation Program and was Associate Professor of Medicine and Oncology. In 1993, he joined NCI and was responsible for managing the breast cancer treatment trials portfolio for the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program. More…