Pioneer cancer researcher retires as UA Cancer Center director

August 5, 2013

By hammersmith

Prominent cancer researcher Dr. David S. Alberts, M.D., is retiring as University of Arizona Cancer Center director after more than eight years of leading the institution. Dr. Alberts, who joined the UA College of Medicine in 1975 as an assistant professor, will remain at the UA Cancer Center in Tucson to conduct research.

Dr. Alberts is known for translational cancer prevention and treatment research with an emphasis on the chemoprevention and treatment of cancers of the breast, colon, ovary, and skin. In June 2001, he was acknowledged by Science to be one of the top three National Institutes of Health-funded clinical researchers in the United States.

Anne Cress, professor of cellular and molecular medicine and radiation oncology as well as deputy dean for research affairs at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, has been named interim director of the cancer center. She has been at the UA Cancer Center since 1987, and her research has continuously been supported by research grants from the NIH, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the American Cancer Society.

For more information:

“Interim chief named at UA Cancer Center,”  Arizona Daily Star, 7/29/13

“Anne E. Cress named interim director of UA Cancer Center,”  UA News, 7/19/13

“Pioneer cancer researcher steps down from UA Cancer Center’s top post,”  Tucson News Now, 6/28/13