St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn., has named Dr. Richard Gilbertson executive vice president and the director of the hospital's Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Gilbertson to head St. Jude's cancer center
Gilbertson replaces Dr. Michael Kastan, who recently left St. Jude to become the executive director of the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C. A North Carolina native, Kastan had served as director of the cancer center since 2004. Gilbertson has worked at St. Jude since moving from the U.K. in 2000.
In addition to overseeing the center's programs and research, Gilbertson will chair the center's advisory committee and serve as the principal director of a National Cancer Institute support grant, according to a St. Jude news release.
"During the past decade, Dr. Gilbertson has emerged as perhaps the world's top physician-scientist working on childhood brain tumors," St. Jude Director and CEO Dr. William Evans said in the release. "He is a highly collaborative and insatiably driven investigator."
On his Web page, Gilbertson said the aim of his research is "to reduce the morbidity and mortality of children with central nervous system tumors through improved understanding of tumor biology." His age was unavailable at deadline.
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