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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.