publication date: Jun. 3, 2016

In Brief

De Vere White to Step Down as Director
of UC Davis Cancer Center


RALPH DE VERE WHITE, long-time director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, plans to step down June 29. A distinguished professor of urology who was cancer center director for 20 years, De Vere White will continue to serve in a research capacity part-time.

Primo Lara, a medical oncologist who has been on the faculty at UC Davis since 1999, will serve as interim director during the national search for a permanent replacement.

“Ralph de Vere White has been a steadfast, inspirational and influential cancer center director,” said Julie Freischlag, UC Davis vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the school of medicine. “His creative leadership and commitment to team science paved the way for the health system’s growing collaborative basic and clinical research enterprise, efforts that directly benefit patients.”

De Vere White began his career at UC Davis in 1984 as chair of the Department of Urology. He was named cancer center director in 1996 after then-director James Goodnight became chair of the Department of Surgery. De Vere White also served as chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology from 2008 to 2009.

As cancer center director, de Vere White supported research collaborations with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, starting in 2000, which became a key part of the center’s application for NCI designation, awarded in 2002.

The cancer center’s research programs also include … Continue reading 42-22 In Brief: De Vere White to Step Down as Director of UC Davis Cancer Center

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