publication date: Dec. 11, 2020

Conversation with The Cancer Letter

Patrick Hwu on the challenge of making Moffitt the “cell therapy capital of the universe”


Patrick Hwu, MD

President and CEO,

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center


Patrick Hwu has a plan:

“I think cell therapy is going to continue to be a very, very important treatment modality for cancer, and we would like to see the Tampa Bay area become the cell therapy capital of the universe,” Hwu, the new president and CEO of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, said to The Cancer Letter.

“In general, it’s an under-appreciated place. The patients get such great care. It has wonderful multidisciplinary clinics. It’s got a national reputation, but I think it should be a common household name across America—Moffitt Cancer Center. That’s also one of my goals.”

Hwu was recruited from MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he was division head of Cancer Medicine. He has also served as director of the Center for Cancer Immunology Research, chair of the Department of Sarcoma Medical Oncology, and the first chair of the Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology.

Hwu is stepping in at a crucial turning point for Moffitt.

Nearly a year ago, Moffitt ousted six senior leaders and researchers who were alleged to have research and funding conflicts of interest involving the People’s Republic of China. Hwu’s predecessor, Alan List was among those tossed overboard, as was former director Thomas Sellers (The Cancer Letter, Jan. 24, … Continue reading Patrick Hwu on the challenge of making Moffitt the “cell therapy capital of the universe”

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