O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB Leadership

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    Baskin Ph.D., Monica, Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

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    Benveniste Ph.D., Tika, Associate Director, Basic Science Research, O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Dr. Etty (Tika) Benveniste was the Founding Chair of the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology (2012-2017). Benveniste served as Chair of the Department of Cell Biology (2000-2011). Benveniste also holds the Alma B. Maxwell-University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF), Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research. In January 2015, Benveniste was appointed interim Senior Associate Dean for Research Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of M...

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    Bertram, Michael, Associate Director of Administration for the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Michael Bertram, PhD, MBA, is the Associate Director for Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive Cancer Center and an Associate Professor in the UAB Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology. Previously, Dr. Bertram was the Administrative Director for the UAB Center for AIDS Research. His scientific background (PhD in Molecular Biology & Genetics), significant experience with the NIH P30 Center Grant mechanism, and knowledge of academic resea...

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    Bhatia M.D., Ravi, Deputy Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    My research goals are to develop an improved understanding of abnormal regulation of malignant stem and progenitor cells in hematologic malignancies and to develop effective approaches to eliminate these cells to enhance outcomes for these cancers. In addition to being a practicing clinical Hematologist-Oncologist and Hematopoietic Cell Transplant physician, I have extensive experience in studying normal and malignant hematopoietic stem cell regulation in the translational laboratory setting.

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    Bhatia M.D., Smita, Associate Director for Cancer Outcomes Research at the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH joined UAB in 2015 to establish the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship. She is the Gay and Bew White Endowed Professor in Pediatric Oncology and serves as Vice Chair for Outcomes in the Dept. of Pediatrics. She also serves as the Associate Director for Outcomes Research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Bhatia completed her training in Blood Banking, Hematology/ Oncology and BMT from the University of Minnesota, where she also received her MPH in Epide...

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    Birrer M.D., Michael, Director of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Dr. Birrer earned his undergraduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a BS in Biology. He subsequently was accepted into the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his M.D. and Ph.D. in 1982 with his principle area of study in microbiology and immunology. He performed a medical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and subsequently completed a residency in medicine at MGH. Dr. Birrer entered the med...

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    Bjornsti Ph.D., Mary-Ann, Associate Director for Translational Research for the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Ph.D., is Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UAB, and holds the Newman H. Waters Chair of Clinical Pharmacology. She also serves as co-Leader of the Cancer Cell Biology Program and Associate Director for Translational Research in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Genetics, followed by a Fogarty Fellowship at the Biozentrum in Basel Switzerland, and post-doctoral training at Harvard University ...

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    Bland M.D., Kirby, Senior Advisor to the Director of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Kirby I Bland, M.D. is a Professor of Surgical Oncology and Chair Emeritus of UAB's Department of Surgery and provides leadership to the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Bland is internationally renowned for his contributions to surgical oncology and for his distinguished career as a general surgeon, researcher and editor.

    Dr. Bland's research influence is far reaching. He has been a Principal Investigator/Program Leader of the Cancer Center's National Institute of Health's SPORE (Speci...

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    Bonner M.D., James, Senior Advisor to the Director of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    James A. Bonner, M.D., is Senior Advisor to the Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Merle M. Salter Endowed Chair in Radiation Oncology. A member of the UAB faculty since 1998, Dr. Bonner served as co-leader of the Cancer Center’s Experimental Therapeutics Program from 1998 to 2010.

    Dr. Bonner received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his M.D. from Wayne State University. His research interest focuses on methods of enhancing radiosensitization such a...

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    Chen M.D., Herbert, Senior Advisor to the Director of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    In October 2015, Dr. Herbert Chen was named as the new Chairman of the Department of Surgery. A native of Wisconsin, Chen received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and began his medical education at the Duke University School of Medicine, graduating in 1992. He completed his surgical residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins in 1999, along with a postdoctoral research fellowship in 1997 and a surgical oncology and endocrinology fellowship in 2000. Dr. Chen came to UAB from t...

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    Demark-Wahnefried Ph.D., Wendy, Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control for the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD is Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Demark-Wahnefried received her baccalaureate degree in Nutritional Science and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan and then completed a coordinated master’s degree – dietetic internship through the VA Texas Medical Center, Texas Women’s University and Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in Nutritional Science from Syr...

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    Fouad M.D., M.P.H., Mona, Senior Advisor to the Director of the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Dr. Fouad is recognized nationally as a leader in health disparities research and is a member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is PI on numerous federally funded projects that bring in over $51 million and Co-PI on additional grants worth approximately $20 million. Most of this funding has a common theme of improving health and preventing disease in minorities.

    Dr. Fouad is PI for the CDC-funded center entitled, Racial and Ethnic Approa...

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    Myers Ph.D., Richard, President and CEO, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

    Richard Myers, Ph.D., received his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Alabama in 1977, his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and performed post-doctoral work at Harvard University. He began his first faculty position at the University of California at San Francisco in 1986 and moved his laboratory to Stanford University’s Department of Genetics in 1993. At Stanford, he was chair of the Department of Genetics and director of the Stanford Human Genome Cen...

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    Samant, Lalita, Associate Director for Education and Training for the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Lalita Shevde-Samant, Ph.D.,is Associate Director for Education and Training for the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB and Professor in the Department of Pathology. She also is Director of the Cancer Biology Graduate Theme at UAB. Shevde-Samant received her Ph.D. in Cancer Immunology at the Cancer Research Institute, University of Bombay,India. Following postdoctoral training in the area of metastasis at the Hershey Medical Center, Penn State University and at UAB, she was on faculty at ...

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    Scarinci-Searles, Isabel, Associate Director for Globalization and Cancer at the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D., MPH, is a behavioral scientist with a deep commitment to the elimination of cancer disparities in the U.S. and in low- and middle-income countries. The focus of her work is on the application of behavioral science to public health by promoting behavior change at the population level. Her primary area of interest is cancer prevention and control (including tobacco control) among low-income, racial/ethnic minorities, and immigrant populations (particularly Latinos and Afric...

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    Whitley M.D., Richard, Associate Director for Drug Discovery and Development at the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB

    Richard Whitley, M.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Microbiology, Medicine and Neurosurgery; Loeb Eminent Scholar Chair in Pediatrics; Co-Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Vice-Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Senior Scientist, Department of Gene Therapy; Scientist, Cancer Research and Training Center; Faculty, Gene Therapy Center; Associate Director for Drug Discovery and Development and Senior Leader, Pediatric Oncology Program, O’Neal Comprehensi...