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Originally posted December 9, 1998

Ann Arbor, Mich. -- The leadership of Max S. Wicha, M.D., founding director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been honored with the creation of an endowed professorship at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Wicha's selection as the first Distinguished Professor of Oncology recognizes his vision and commitment in leading the U-M Cancer Center from its infancy to its current status as one of the premier centers in the country.

The professorship will be held by the director of the Cancer Center and used to support important research programs. While Wicha serves as director, it will be called the Distinguished Professorship of Oncology. After he steps down, it will be known as the Max S. Wicha, M.D., Distinguished Professorship in Oncology.

Wicha is nationally known for his research in the field of breast oncology, particularly the study of how breast cancer cells grow and metastasize. He has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific articles, served as a reviewer for several prominent scholarly publications, and made additional contributions as a member of the boards overseeing many national cancer organizations.

Most recently, Wicha served as chair of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Center Support Review Committee and he currently is president of the American Association of Cancer Institutes. He also is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

In addition to his duties as Cancer Center director, Wicha serves as professor of Internal Medicine in the U-M Medical School and specializes in the treatment of breast cancer patients.


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