publication date: Dec. 14, 2018
In Brief Anil Rustgi named cancer center director at Columbia, New York-Presbyterian
Anil K. Rustgi, an expert in gastrointestinal tumors, was named director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Pending approval of the university’s trustees, Rustgi will serve as professor of medicine and associate dean of oncology in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
For the past two decades, Rustgi has served as the T. Grier Miller Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Chief of Gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, where he co-led the Tumor Biology Program. Rustgi also received the American Cancer Society Research Professorship.
Rustgi’s research focuses on the intrinsic cellular processes and tumor microenvironment that lead to the development, progression, and metastasis of gastrointestinal cancers, including cancer of the esophagus, pancreas, and colon. Using mouse models and 3D culture models, Rustgi is investigating the role of cancer-causing genes and tumor suppressor genes in the pathogenesis of GI cancers.
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