City of Hope Names Yuman Fong, MD, Chair, Department of Surgery

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Yuman Fong, MD

Norman C. Payson, MD

City of Hope recently announced the appointment of two new chairs in the Department of Surgery and for the Board of Directors.

Yuman Fong, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Surgery at City of Hope. Dr. Fong comes to City of Hope from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where for the last 14 years he held the Murray F. Brennan Chair in Surgery and Professorship in Surgery at Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Fong is a specialist in cancers of the liver, bile duct, gallbladder and pancreas, and he has pioneered many surgical, laparoscopic, robotic and ablative therapies for these cancers. He has been involved in studies aimed at understanding, treating, and preventing these cancers, and in developing widely applicable and minimally invasive technologies for their treatment.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome a surgeon and scientist of Dr. Fong’s caliber to City of Hope,” said Alexandra Levine, MD, MACP, Chief Medical Officer and the Dr. Norman & Melinda Payson Professor in Medicine at City of Hope. “He has been a pioneer both in the operating room and in the laboratory, crafting new surgical techniques and instruments and creating entirely new modalities of therapy.”

Dr. Fong assumed his new position at City of Hope on April 1.

Norman C. Payson, MD, Named Chair, Board of Directors

In an earlier announcement, City of Hope announced that Norman C.
Payson, MD
, was selected as the new Chair of the City of Hope Board of Directors for a 3-year term, which started January 1, 2014. In this capacity, Dr. Payson will take helm of the Institution’s Board of Directors as the research and treatment center launches a new era of growth and scientific investment. 

 A senior advisor at Apria Healthcare Group since November 2012, Dr. Payson is a former Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Health Plans Inc. and Healthsource Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience building and directing health-care companies during times of growth and change. 

 Dr. Payson joined the board in 2004 and has served as Chair of its Finance Committee and Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee. He is also the Chair of the City of Hope Medical Foundation Board of Directors and, together with his wife, Melinda Payson, helped establish City of Hope’s Graduate Studies Center as well as a graduate fellowship at the school. He succeeds outgoing Chair Sheri Biller.■