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.


Jasmin Tiro to focus on assessing, meeting cancer needs in Dallas/Fort Worth area

Addressing health disparities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be a key focus for Jasmin Tiro in her new position as associate director of community, outreach, engagement, and equity in the UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center.

Her new role will include assessing of the cancer burden in Dallas/Fort Worth and the counties surrounding UT Southwestern Medical Center; studying health behaviors in the area and how they impact cancer risk and treatment outcomes; and ensuring research at the Simmons Cancer Center aligns with the needs of those patients.

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