publication date: Oct. 27, 2017

Help Wanted: MD Anderson seeks chief academic officer; Draetta named to the job in the interim

By Paul Goldberg

MD Anderson has begun a search for a chief academic officer.

Giulio Draetta will serve as CAO ad interim. Draetta is the Sewell Family Chair of Genomic Medicine, senior vice president, discovery and platforms and co-leader of the MD Anderson Moon Shots Program. Until now, Stephen Hahn, deputy president and chief operating officer, also served as interim chief academic officer.

MD Anderson officials are continuing to tweak the institution’s box diagram. The changes are being made ahead of arrival of the new president, Peter Pisters.

Pisters has addressed the faculty and staff at a town hall meeting at MD Anderson recently (The Cancer Letter, Sept. 29), but his first day on the job is Dec. 1.

In the other personnel and organizational changes that were announced earlier this month:

Helen Piwnica-Worms is out as vice president, deputy chief academic officer and division head of science. The basic science chairs will report to the CAO.

The position of the SVP of Network Development, held by Amy Hay was eliminated. Mike Brown, president and CEO of MD Anderson Physician Network, will be responsible for all business functions of the MD Anderson Cancer Network. Dr. Michael Kupferman, SVP of Clinical and Academic Network Development, will continue with clinical and … Continue reading Help Wanted: MD Anderson seeks chief academic officer; Draetta named to the job in the interim

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