Library Issues Forum: Dr. John Mendelsohn, "Personalized Cancer Therapy at MD Anderson Cancer Center"
John Mendelsohn, M.D., served as president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston from 1996-2011. He remains on the MD Anderson faculty as co-director of the new Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy. He also serves as the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.
Before joining MD Anderson, Mendelsohn led the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He also held the Winthrop Rockefeller Chair in Medical Oncology and served as co-head of the Program in Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Additionally, he was professor and vice chairman of medicine at Cornell University Medical College. Previously, Mendelsohn was founding director of a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center at the University of California-San Diego. His research helped pioneer the development of cancer therapies that target the aberrant genes, gene products and cell-signaling pathways that cause the disease.
Mendelsohn has received countless awards, including the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal (2005); the Dan David Prize in Cancer Therapy (2006); the Lila Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award (2009) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the 10th International Workshop on Molecular Targeted Therapy of Cancer (2009).
He has a bachelor's degree in biochemical sciences magna cum laude from Harvard College, and was the first undergraduate student of James D. Watson, Ph.D., who later won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for identifying the structure of DNA. After spending a year in Scotland as a Fulbright Scholar in biochemistry, Mendelsohn received a medical degree cum laude from Harvard Medical School.
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