publication date: Oct. 26, 2018
Ken Cowan to step down as director of Nebraska’s Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Ken Cowan will step down as director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer at the end of June 2019.
Cowan, who joined the medical center in 1999, will remain as a full-time faculty member and will continue to see patients.
A New York City native, Cowan came to Omaha after 21 years in the Public Health Service at NCI. For his final 11 years at the NCI, he served as chief of the Medical Breast Cancer Section, Medicine Branch.
He was the sixth director of the Eppley Institute, which was founded in 1961. Under Cowan’s direction, all cancer researchers throughout the campus were united into a larger single entity. Originally, this entity was called the UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, and is now called the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
The largest construction project in the history of the University of Nebraska, the $323 million Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, opened last year, with former Vice President Joe Biden coming to Omaha for the grand opening ceremony.
Over the past two decades, more than 200 faculty have been recruited to the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and research funding has increased more than three-fold from $19 million in 1999 to more than $60 million in 2018.
“My wife (Alison Freifeld, director of oncology infectious diseases at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine) and I have fallen in love with Omaha and the state of Nebraska. We had no idea what we were getting into,” Cowan said in a statement. “To see the … Continue reading Ken Cowan to step down as director of Nebraska’s Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
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