publication date: Apr. 17, 2015
Lowy: “We Need to Continually Look at the Distribution of Funds That We Allocate to the Areas of Investment”
Douglas Lowy became the NCI acting director April 1. On April 16, Lowy spoke with Paul Goldberg, editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter.
Paul Goldberg: Congratulations, first of all. How is the job treating you?
Douglas Lowy: Well, it is certainly a lot of work, but it’s an incredible opportunity—I have the opportunity of working with terrific people every day. I love it.
PG: Did you want this job?
DL: I never thought of myself as either becoming acting NCI director or the permanent NCI director, and it was not something I lobbied for.
PG: But as a practical matter, do you see any difference in being acting and being permanent?
DL: My colleagues tell me that I would have a little more authority if I were permanent, rather than acting—but I am certainly going to act as though I am the regular director, because the NCI requires that. I’m going to try to move forward as efficiently as possible.
PG: It’s fascinating, because there’s probably a certain period of time when change is possible, and then everything else becomes stuck. Is it 100 days; is it 120 days?
DL: For what?
PG: The most important things, that any US. President, for example, is able to accomplish is within about 100 days. How many days do you think you have?
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