Memorial Sloan-Kettering Has a New President

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a Research!America member, has announced that Craig Thompson, MD, has been named president.

He takes over for Harold Varmus, MD, who left in July to lead the National Cancer Institute.

Thompson has numerous ties to Research!America members: After his residency and some years working with the Navy, he spent three years at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute. Later, Thompson was an associate investigator, then investigator, for Howard Hughes Medical Institute for a decade, starting in 1989. During that time, he also worked for the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.

In 1999, he moved to the University of Pennsylvania – where he earned his MD – and became the first scientific director of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, the school’s first chair of the department of cancer biology and a professor.

Since 2006, he has worked as director of the Abramson Cancer Center and associate vice president for cancer services for the University of Pennsylvania Health Services System.

“Craig Thompson is an exemplary physician-scientist, educator, and academic leader. This breadth of expertise will serve MSKCC well as he helps to guide our institution into the next decade,” Douglas A. Warner III, chairman of the Boards of Overseers and Managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering, said in a statement. “He brings to his new role significant contributions to the understanding of the biology of cancer, a strong and committed appreciation for the needs of patients with cancer, and superb executive skills. We are very fortunate to have him as we seek to maintain and enhance the accomplishments of Memorial Sloan-Kettering and move ambitiously into the future.”

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