A search committee has been selected to identify candidates for the position of director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center.
J. Lyle Bootman, PhD, ScD, UA senior vice president for health sciences, said, "Working together with both College of Medicine deans, Steve Goldschmid, MD, and Stuart Flynn, MD, we identified and are extremely pleased with the quality of individuals who have agreed to participate on this important search committee. This prestigious group most certainly will identify world-class candidates to lead our state's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center."
In January, longtime UA Cancer Center Director David S. Alberts, MD, implemented a leadership transition plan that called for a nationwide search for a new director to succeed him when he retires after many years of distinguished service.
"With the support of UA President Eugene Sander and Senior Vice President J. Lyle Bootman, I have decided that the time is right to begin a smooth transition to a nationally prominent physician-scientist or basic scientist to assume leadership of our great Cancer Center," Dr. Alberts said at the time.
The chair of the search committee is:
- Serrine S. Lau, PhD, director, UA Southwest Center for Environmental Health Sciences Center, Center for Toxicology; UA professor of pharmacology and toxicology and pharmaceutical sciences; member, UA BIO5 Institute.
Additional members of the committee are:
- Mara G. Aspinall, MBA, president of Tucson-based Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. She previously was founder, president and CEO of On-Q-ity, a start-up diagnostics company focused on circulating tumor cell technology. She also is former president of Genzyme Genetics, a leading provider of testing and consultative services.
- G. Timothy Bowden, PhD, UA professor-emeritus in cellular and molecular medicine, molecular and cell biology, pharmacology and toxicology and radiation oncology.
- Shane C. Burgess, PhD, dean, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He previously was director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology at Mississippi State University.
- Carolyn Compton, MD, PhD, president and chief executive officer of the Critical Path Institute (C-Path) in Tucson. She previously was executive director of the Cancer Human Biobank project at the National Cancer Institute.
- Anne E. Cress, PhD, deputy dean for research and academic affairs, UA College of Medicine; UA professor of cellular and molecular medicine and radiation oncology.
- Art F. Gmitro, PhD, MS, UA professor of radiology and optical sciences. Prior to joining the UA, he was an assistant professor at Yale University in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology.
- Emmanuel Katsanis, MD, Louise Thomas Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research at UA; UA professor of pediatrics, pathology and immunobiology; associate head, research, Department of Pediatrics; head, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
- Ann M. McGrath, MBA, vice president of planning and performance improvement for The University of Arizona Health Network. She previously was vice president of strategic planning and operational improvement for University Medical Center Corporation.
- Roy Patchell, MD, chairman, Division of Neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute. Prior to that, he was a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
- Eric M. Reiman, MD, executive director of Banner Alzheimer's Institute and CEO at Banner Research; clinical director of the Neurogenomics Division at the Translational Genomics Research Institute; UA professor and associate head of psychiatry; director of the Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium.
The Search Committee will be supported by Anne L. Wright, PhD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs, UA College of Medicine; UA professor of pediatrics.