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Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has been named Director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center after serving as Interim Director since February 2007. She joined Vanderbilt in 1994 and in 2002 became the Cancer Center's Associate Director for Basic Sciences.

Richard Gralla, MD, has been appointed Chief of Hematology/Oncology and Vice President of Cancer Services at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Lake Success, NY. He was previously Chief of Thoracic Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Director of the Ochsner Cancer Institute, and Associate Director of the Columbia University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Richard Jove, PhD, has been named Director of the City of Hope Beckman Research Institute. In his new appointment, Dr. Jove, who is also Deputy Director of the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, will lead the research institute's efforts to bring together basic scientists and physicians in order to accelerate the development of new therapies for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. He succeeds Arthur Riggs, PhD, now Director Emeritus and Professor of Biology at the Beckman Research Institute.

Also at City of Hope, David A. Horne, PhD, is the new Chair of the Division of Molecular Medicine. Dr. Horne, an internationally recognized leader in the field of natural products synthesis, especially in the areas of biologically active marine alkaloids and medicinal chemistry, joined City of Hope in 2006 as Professor in Molecular Medicine and Co-director of the Synthetic and Biopolymer Chemistry Core Program, a position he will retain.

Gina Szymanski, MS, RN, Nurse Manager at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, has received the Linda Arenth Excellence in Cancer Nursing Management Award from the Oncology Nursing Society. Named for the first Director of Nursing at the Cancer Center, who died of the disease in 1982, the award recognizes outstanding individuals in cancer nursing administration at the local, state, and national levels, as well as those who mentor others in the field.

Anthony Ingenito, MD, an oncologist and researcher at the Cancer Center at Hackensack (NJ) University Medical Center, has been named founding Chairman of the newly established Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Ingenito was formerly Medical Director of the Division of Radiation Oncology, which was recently upgraded to departmental status to reflect the complexity and comprehensiveness of the services offered, including an increasing number of clinical trials.

Kristen S. Coller, MD, has joined the Pain and Palliative Medicine Program at Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Coller recently completed her fellowship with Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care at the University of Kansas Medical Center and is certified in both internal medicine and hospice and palliative care. In addition to her work at the medical center, Dr. Coller will also work with the staff and patients in the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

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