publication date: Oct. 20, 2017

So you want to be a cancer center director… AACI sees nearly one-in-four turnover in 12 months among directors at top acadeamic cancer centers

By Paul Goldberg

The caveats should be acknowledged:

Yes, all cancer centers are different. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen one. Yes, every center director has a different political and economic situation on his or her hands, and, sure, the observation that follows in the next paragraph could well be a fluke:

Over the past 12 months, 23 directors at the 97 members of the Association of American Cancer Institutes have been replaced.

A table listing new directors is reproduced below.




Start Date


University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Peter Pisters



Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cory Abate-Shen



Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Arizona

Aleksandar Sekulic



Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Steven Leach



Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Carlos Arteaga

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