publication date: Jun. 9, 2017

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Michael Birrer named director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center

 

Michael Birrer

Director, University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Center

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Michael Birrer, an expert in early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers, was named director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Birrer, whose job at UAB starts Aug. 1, is director of Medical Gynecologic Oncology and director of the Gynecologic Cancer Research Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Gillette Cancer Center. Also, he serves as the leader of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center program in gynecologic cancers and is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

“Having spent the better part of my oncology career trying to better the lives of women with gynecologic cancers both on a clinically level and a research level, the question was, ‘What’s next and how could I impact and help potentially larger numbers of patients?’” Birrer said to The Cancer Letter. “And so it certainly dawned on me that the cancer center director position would have the reach to do that: to be able to designe how a cancer center can work efficiently, to conduct great trials, to work with good researchers.

“It was something in the back of my mind, and I looked a bit—not real aggressively. But when UAB came along and I went down there, and saw what was there, the fact it was already comprehensive, and a … Continue reading Michael Birrer named director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center

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