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Wallace to step down as UI Cancer Center director; Weiner named interim director

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert B. Wallace, M.D., director of the University of Iowa Cancer Center, will resign that position effective Aug. 1. Wallace's resignation was accepted by Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the UI College of Medicine, and R. Edward Howell, chief executive officer of UI Hospitals and Clinics, both of whom expressed appreciation for Wallace's contributions to the center.

"Dr. Robert Wallace has had a major impact on our cancer center," Howell said. "The cancer center has made significant progress under his leadership."

Kelch echoed Howell's sentiments, saying, "Bob Wallace has been an outstanding administrator. The college and the hospital have benefited from his leadership."

Wallace will remain a member of the faculty in the departments of internal medicine and preventive medicine and environmental health. He will continue to conduct his research on breast cancer, aging and clinical preventive medicine.

Wallace came to the UI in 1972. He was appointed head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health in 1986, and was named director of the UI Cancer Center in 1994.

He received his medical degree from Northwestern University and taught at Emory University and the State University of New York at Buffalo before coming to the UI.

The college announced that George J. Weiner, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine, will begin as interim director of the UI Cancer Center Aug. 1 while a nationwide search for a permanent director is conducted. Weiner serves as deputy director of the cancer center and is a member of the UI graduate program in immunology. He has served as associate director for education at the cancer center, as well as director of the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program in internal medicine.

A UI faculty member since 1989, Weiner received his medical degree from Ohio State University and his oncology training at the University of Michigan. 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 use of monoclonal antibodies as diagnostic tools and as agents to attack cancer cells.

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