publication date: Feb. 13, 2015

MD Anderson Pediatrics Chair “Resigned” To Pursue Academic Interests—Or Did She?


According to MD Anderson administration, Eugenie Kleinerman “decided to step down as Head, Division of Pediatrics, and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, effective Feb. 9 in order to pursue her interests in new initiatives in adolescent and young adult cancer.”

This was the version of events promulgated by MD Anderson Provost Ethan Dmitrovsky.

Leonard Zwelling, a former MD Anderson executive and Kleinerman’s husband, offers another version.

Kleinerman did not “resign,” Zwelling writes on his widely read blog.

“Nothing about this surprised me, especially the particularly sudden and unskillful manner in which it was done,” Zwelling writes. “There was no warning and no discussion with the Pediatrics Division Head prior to her ‘resignation.’ This has not been in the works for months at least from her side.

“Second, that someone who has made major contributions to MD Anderson and its faculty should be made to feel ‘less than’ has become pretty common. There are others who, for one reason or another, felt less than welcomed any longer. Many have left and it is MD Anderson’s loss that they have.

“The motives behind the latest purge among the Division Heads is, however, abundantly transparent. Like anything else involving [MD Anderson President Ronald] DePinho or, for that matter, the last 15 years of MD Anderson administrations, it’s about the money and who gets to control it.

“It couldn’t go any other way and it is not the last of the ritual public/private hangings that we can expect of various faculty … Continue reading 41-06 MD Anderson Pediatrics Chair “Resigned” To Pursue Academic Interests—Or Did She?

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