AUTHOR, FOUNDER, PROSTATE HEALTH EDUCATION NETWORK
Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Thomas Farrington founded the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) in 2003 following treatment for prostate cancer in 2000, and the release of his first book Battling The Killer Within in 2001. Under Mr. Farrington’s leadership PHEN is recognized as the leading prostate cancer education and advocacy organization with national programs and initiatives focused on the needs of African Americans. A key foundation for PHEN’s success is its national network of prostate cancer survivors and their loved ones who support the organization’s efforts within their communities. PHEN partners with hundreds of churches across the country to bring education and awareness programs into their communities and recruits local prostate cancer medical specialists as faculty for these events. In September 2021, PHEN hosted four sessions of the 17th Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit. Previously, BIO has hosted sessions at PHEN’s Annual summit in 2012 (8th) and 2013 (9th). PHEN also makes extensive use of online programming to reach and support individual educational needs. Mr. Farrington’s background is in Information Technology. He founded Input Output Computer Services in 1969 and led this pioneering IT services firm for more than twenty-five years. Farrington currently serves as a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s (NCCN) “Prostate Cancer Treatment Guidelines Panel” and the NCCN “Prostate Cancer Early Detection Guidelines Panel.” He serves as a trustee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and as an advisor to a number of other healthcare organizations and programs. Mr. Farrington received a B.S. in electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1966.