publication date: Feb. 14, 2014


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In Brief
Hong to Retire after 30 Years at MD Anderson

WAUN KI HONG announced his plans to retire as head of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Division of Cancer Medicine effective this summer after 30 years at that institution. Hong is 71.

Hong’s retirement was announced Feb. 11 in an email sent out by Ethan Dmitrovsky, provost and executive vice president.

His retirement is the latest of recent changes in the top tier of the institution. Thomas Burke stepped down as executive vice president and physician-in-chief at MD Anderson Cancer Center to accept the new position of executive vice president of the MD Anderson Cancer Network.


The text of the email follows:

Dear Colleagues:

We want to inform you that Waun Ki Hong, M.D., Head, Cancer Medicine division, has decided to retire this summer. We are fortunate that he will continue his important work with us in a post-retirement position within our Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy (IPCT) and also the Advanced Scholar Program within Cancer Medicine. A search will be launched soon to identify our next leader of Cancer Medicine.

Dr. Hong joined MD Anderson in 1984 and has served as Head of Cancer Medicine since 2001. He is a giant in the field of cancer and a legend at MD Anderson. He is truly one of our greats and is recognized internationally for his exceptional contributions to cancer medicine.

Dr. Hong’s groundbreaking contributions are too lengthy to list in detail here, but we will highlight some of the most significant ones. Dr. Hong’s seminal work in the fields of chemoprevention and methodology … Continue reading 40-07 In Brief

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