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Release: Immediate

Weiner named director of UI Cancer Center

IOWA CITY, Iowa ­ Dr. George Weiner, University of Iowa associate professor of internal medicine, has been named director of the UI Cancer Center, following a nationwide search. Weiner has served as the center's interim director since Aug. 1. His appointment is effective immediately.

"Dr. Weiner is an outstanding cancer specialist and physician scientist who has served exceptionally well as the interim director of the UI Cancer Center," said Dr. Robert P. Kelch, dean of the UI College of Medicine. "I am extremely pleased with his acceptance of our request to serve as permanent director. I am confident that the cancer center will flourish under his leadership."

R. Edward Howell, director and chief executive officer of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, said, "Dr. Weiner has proven himself to be a prominent cancer physician and researcher and an exceptional leader of the cancer center here at the UIHC. George's appointment to the director's position on a permanent basis underscores a commitment to bringing the best research and cancer care to the UI and the state of Iowa."

A UI faculty member since 1989, Weiner had served as deputy director of the cancer center prior to becoming interim director. He is a member of the UI graduate program in immunology and has served as associate director for education at the cancer center, as well as director of the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program in internal medicine.

Weiner received his medical degree in 1981 from Ohio State University and his oncology training at the University of Michigan. He is currently the hematology/oncology subspecialty chair for the Central Society for Clinical Research and is a member of the Experimental Therapeutics II study section at the National Institutes of Health. His clinical interests include medical oncology and hematology with an emphasis on the treatment of lymphoma (cancers of the lymphatic system) and leukemia. His research interests include the development and use of monoclonal antibodies as agents to attack cancer cells and development of new approaches to cancer vaccination. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

"I am extremely excited about being asked to serve as the director of the UI Cancer Center," Weiner said. "Our cancer center consists of outstanding cancer researchers, physicians, nurses and other professionals. I look forward to working with them as we accelerate our search for new ways to prevent, treat and cure cancer, while also providing the newest and best cancer care available for Iowans in a setting that recognizes the needs of individual patients and families."

The UI Cancer Center is recognized nationally for its cancer research and institutional and community-based cancer care programs. This includes the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center, which opened in 1993.

The cancer center is also the home of the UI Cancer Information Service (CIS). Established in 1987, CIS staff have responded to tens of thousands of requests across Iowa and the United States from patients and family members, as well as physicians and other health professionals, on cancer diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research.