John Mendelsohn, M.D., chairman of the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, was picked last week as president of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
The University of Texas System's board of regents unanimously selected Mendelsohn. He will succeed Charles A. LeMaistre when he retires Sept. 1.
Mendelsohn, a native of Cincinnati, has served as a research associate at the National Institutes of Health and founded a cancer center at the University of California at San Diego. He moved to Sloan-Kettering in 1985.
He will be M.D. Anderson's third full-time president in its 55 years. LeMaistre was president for 18 years.
Charles Mullins, the university system official who led an advisory committee that recommended the finalists, said Mendelsohn's clinical experience and his work in research, education and administration made him the choice.
M.D. Anderson will care for more than 52,000 patients this year and conduct research with more than $104 million in grant money.