New leader at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

September 1, 2011 3:23:22 PM PDT
There is a new leader at the top of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

His name is Dr. Ronald Depinho. The scientist and researcher became the fourth president, succeeding Dr. John Mendelsohn, who served as president for 15 years.

Dr. Depinho says he decided to come to M.D. Anderson because he believes the institution has the greatest potential to improve cancer treatment.

"I think that we have the distinct possibility in the next two decades to understand cancer to a level that allows us to systematically prevent and treat cancer in a way that would significantly advance the quality of life in patients that are diagnosed with cancer," said Dr. Depinho.

Dr. Depinho leaves his positions as director of the Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, both in Boston.