Dr. Robert Carlson, an oncologist and longtime professor at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., has been named CEO of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, effective Jan. 2. Carlson succeeds William McGivney, who left NCCN in December 2011 after having served as CEO for 15 years. McGivney now works in consulting.
Based in Fort Washington, Pa., NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance of 21 cancer centers, including the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, and the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Carlson, who is board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine, joined Stanford's faculty in 1983 and currently serves as medical director of inpatient oncology and hematology at the Stanford Cancer Institute, which is a member of NCCN.