publication date: Sep. 1, 2017

Peter Pisters tapped to lead MD Anderson

By Paul Goldberg

Peter Pisters, a sarcoma and pancreatic cancer surgeon and an MD Anderson expat who serves as president and CEO of University Health Network of Toronto, is set to become the fifth president of the Houston-based cancer center.

Pisters was chosen by the UT System Board of Regents at a special meeting Aug. 25.

Under Texas law, the sole finalist can be appointed following a 21-day waiting period. The regents announced their selection after interviewing Pisters and other candidates whose names were brought forth by the Presidential Search Advisory Committee.

The selection was made slightly ahead of schedule. According to the “position specification” document put together by the Phillips DiPisa search firm and dated May 2017, the regents were expected to interview the finalists and make their decision in early September. The document was obtained by The Cancer Letter and is posted here.

The vote, taken hours before Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, was unanimous.

Born in Canada, Pisters graduated from medical school at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He completed his internship and residency at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital between 1985 and 1992. In 1994, he completed his fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center between 1992 to 1994.
Pisters also holds an M.Sc. in health care management from Harvard University. He took his University Health Network job on Jan. 1, 2015.

“I am thrilled to be coming back to serve an extraordinary organization populated by gifted and talented faculty and staff,” Pisters said to The Cancer Letter. “I look forward to working with MD Anderson faculty to gradually and surely bring the organization to even greater heights.”

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