publication date: Feb. 20, 2015

Theodore Lawrence Named Director of University of Michigan Cancer Center


THEODORE LAWRENCE was named the director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. He succeeds Max Wicha, who founded the cancer center 27 years ago. Lawrence will continue to serve as chair of radiation oncology.

Lawrence’s research interests are focused on chemotherapeutic and molecularly targeted radiosensitizers. His research uses conformal radiation guided by metabolic and functional imaging to treat patients with pancreatic and other gastrointestinal cancers. Lawrence expects to continue patient care and research activities while serving as director.

He plans to grow the center’s statewide presence as part of an effort to make cancer care more local. “The vast majority of cancer care can be done in the community with strong partnerships. We want to create more of those partnerships to allow more patients in our state to receive the right care in the right place,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence has served in leadership positions in the American Society of Radiation Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Radiation Oncology Institute, the Society of Chairs of Radiation Oncology, and both the Board of Scientific Councilors and the Board of Scientific Advisors of the NCI, among others. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has received the ASTRO Gold Medal, an ASCO Statesman Award, and the 2014 Outstanding Investigator Award from the Radiological Society of North America.


KAREN KNUDSEN was named interim director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center and interim chair of the Department of Cancer Biology at Thomas Jefferson University.

Previously, Knudsen was vice provost for the university, overseeing basic … Continue reading 41-07 Theodore Lawrence Named Director of University of Michigan Cancer Center

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