publication date: Sep. 22, 2017

Pisters named president of MD Anderson

By Matthew Bin Han Ong

Peter Pisters has been named president of MD Anderson Cancer Center and will begin in his new role later this year.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the appointment Sept. 18. Pisters, currently the president and CEO of University Health Network in Toronto, was unanimously selected as the sole finalist for the position at a board meeting Aug. 25—under state law, university government boards must name finalists for a presidency at least 21 days before making an appointment (The Cancer Letter, Sept. 1).

Pisters is a sarcoma and pancreatic cancer surgeon, researcher, and health care administrator who has overseen the largest hospital-based research program in Canada since January 2015. The University Health Network is affiliated with the University of Toronto. UHN has more than 14,000 employees and operates a $350 million research enterprise.

Prior to his appointment at UHN in his native Canada, Pisters spent 20 years as a cancer surgeon, researcher, professor and administrator at MD Anderson.

In a letter sent to MD Anderson faculty and staff on Sept. 18, after his appointment was announced, Pisters said he was looking forward to returning. “In the coming weeks, I will make several visits to MD Anderson as I conclude my service as president and chief executive officer of University Health Network in Toronto, … Continue reading Pisters named president of MD Anderson

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