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|John E. Niederhuber, M.D.|
Dr. Niederhuber has served as a director since August 2010. He presently serves as executive vice president of Inova Health System and chief executive officer of Inova Translational Medicine Institute. He previously served as the director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) from 2005 to 2010. As NCI director, Dr. Niederhuber's accomplishments include advancing drug and technology innovation and technology infrastructure, bringing cancer science to patients through community cancer centers, and working to reduce the inequities of cancer care. Recently, Dr. Niederhuber joined Inova Health System as Executive Vice President and CEO of the Inova Institute for Translational Research and Personalized Medicine. Dr. Niederhuber is also an adjunct investigator at NCI's Center for Cancer Research studying factors in the tumor microenvironment that lead to increased malignancy. As a surgeon, Dr. Niederhuber's clinical focus has been on gastrointestinal cancer, hepatobiliary (liver, bile duct, and gallbladder) cancer, pancreatic cancer and breast cancer. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Niederhuber was Director of the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center and a professor of surgery and oncology (member of the McArdle Laboratory) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine from 1997 to 2005. He chaired the Department of Surgery at Stanford University from 1991 to 1997, and held professorships at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1987 to 1991, and at the University of Michigan from 1973 to 1987. Dr. Niederhuber is a graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia and the Ohio State University School of Medicine. He trained in surgery at the University of Michigan. Among his many awards and honors, Dr. Niederhuber was elected vice president and president of the Society for Surgical Oncology and president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes. He serves as a member of C-Change Board of Directors, a community of executives from the public and private sector communities dedicated to fighting cancer and as a member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. He is a fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and received an Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree from Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia. Dr. Niederhuber is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, recognizing his outstanding scientific accomplishments and commitment to service in health sciences.