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Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, Director, National Cancer Institute


Andrew C. von Eschenbach, MD, is the twelfth director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a federal agency of over 4,000 employees and a fiscal year 2003 budget of nearly $4.7 billion.

Prior to joining NCI, Dr. von Eschenbach was director of the Genitourinary Cancer Center and director of the Prostate Cancer Research Program at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has also served as vice president for academic affairs at M. D. Anderson and as executive vice president and chief academic officer, leading a faculty of almost 1,000 cancer researchers and clinicians.

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. von Eschenbach earned his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, in 1967. He completed residencies in general surgery and urology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and then was an instructor in urology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He served as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy Medical Corps. Dr. von Eschenbach went to M.D. Anderson for a fellowship in urologic oncology in 1976 and was invited to join the faculty the following year.

Dr. von Eschenbach has contributed more than 200 articles, books, and chapters to the scientific literature. He is an editorial board member of four leading journals and serves on the board of the National Coalition for Cancer Research. He was a founding member and leader of the National Dialogue on Cancer and, prior to his appointment as NCI director, was president-elect of the American Cancer Society.

A nationally recognized urologic surgeon, Dr. von Eschenbach has dedicated his professional life and administrative expertise to eliminating the suffering and death due to cancer.

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