Taubman Scholar Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The appointment was approved Feb. 19 by the University of Michigan Board of Regents.
Lawrence succeeds Max S. Wicha, M.D., who founded the Cancer Center 27 years ago. Wicha also is a Founding Taubman Scholar and current deputy director of the Taubman Institute.
“This is a tremendous program with talented and dedicated faculty and staff, a terrific research infrastructure and superb core facilities,” says Lawrence, who will assume the title of Max S. Wicha, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Oncology. He is also chair of radiation oncology in the University of Michigan Medical School.
Lawrence cites the Cancer Center’s strength in precision medicine, drug discovery and health policy research as well as opportunities to deepen clinical and translational research efforts.
The center’s “comprehensive” status is designated by the National Cancer Institute and reflects participation in cancer basic, clinical, and population sciences research, with strong interactions among those areas. A center must also provide public information, education and outreach programs. U-M is one of two comprehensive cancer centers in Michigan and one of 41 across the country… Read more here.