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September 15, 2014

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Special Thank You to Dr. Clark Distelhorst

The Cancer Center as a whole wishes to thank Dr. Clark Distelhorst, the Charles S. Britton II Professor of Hematology/Oncology at CWRU, whose leadership of education and training and basic science programs, extended over 14 years. These activities in support of the Cancer Center are well documented and much appreciated.

‌Clark has had his face on our web site and his hand in leadership of the Center for longer than most of us have been members of the Cancer Center! As the Associate Director for Education and Training, Clark was instrumental in developing formal mentoring programs and conferences. He has led the Cancer Research T32 for four cycles, and led the Clinical Oncology Training Program K12 during its initial funding period.

His interest in basic research evolved from his clinical experience in lymphoid malignancies, and as Program Leader, he was dedicated to an approach that reflected his own beliefs that future advances in cancer treatment would result from increased understanding of fundamental mechanisms. His basic research orientation and his clinical experience served to facilitate interactions among basic researchers and clinical investigators.

Clark's dedication was especially evident as the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) was renewed – he is a veteran of three CCSG site visits, yet his enthusiasm during the preparation remained undiminished. We will continue to ask him to mentor program leaders for their presentations and write-ups!

Clark will remain active in the Cancer Center, in training and mentoring, and in our scientific programs. As usual, it will take more than one person to fill his leadership shoes. Dr. Mark Jackson has taken on responsibilities as Associate Director for Training & Education. Dr. Bingcheng Wang is now co-leader of the Molecular Oncology Program (formerly the Basic Sciences Program), and Dr. Neal Meropol and I lead the K12.

We will miss Clark's leadership but look forward to his continued training and research contributions.