New Appointments at Cancer Centers Nationwide

Three Cancer Centers, the Levine Cancer Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Cedars-Sinai, recently announced new appointments.

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Two new physicians have joined a growing team of cancer experts at Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Joshua S. Hill, MD, surgical oncologist, joins Levine Cancer Institute after completing a fellowship in surgical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Department of Surgical Oncology in Houston. Dr. Hill received his medical degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus and completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester.

Dr. Hill’s clinical interests focus on gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and liver cancers. He will collaborate with Institute researchers on developing best practices for surgical and nonsurgical treatment of these cancers.

Steve B. Riggs, MD, joins the Institute from Virginia, where he served as Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director of the Department of Urology at Eastern Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Riggs received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Following a surgery internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he completed a urology residency at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and a fellowship in urologic oncology at the University of California Medical Center.

Dr. Riggs has extensive clinical trials experience in various areas of urologic oncology, and he has lectured at regional and international meetings on bladder, kidney and testicular cancer, as well as robot-assisted urologic surgery. He is particularly interested in ways to reduce postoperative complications and improve patient experience.

New Director of Public Health Sciences Division Selected at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

After a national search, Garnet Anderson, PhD, a biostatistician and lead researcher in the Women’s Health Initiative, has been selected to become the new Senior Vice President and Director of the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She assumed the role January 1, 2013, when Ross Prentice, PhD, the former division director, stepped down after 25 years.

Dr. Anderson, principal investigator of the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Coordinating Center, which is based at Fred Hutchinson, has been on the Public Health Sciences faculty since 1989 and is a member of the division’s Cancer Prevention Research and Biostatistics/Biomathematics programs. She has been central figure in the Women’s Health Initiative at Fred Hutchinson since the launch of the study in the early 1990s. She has played a major role in clinical trial design and in overseeing implementation of data management and quality-control activities for this immense and complex undertaking. She became co-principal investigator of the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Coordinating Center, with Dr. Prentice, in 2008 and the sole principal investigator in 2011.

She is also Associate Director for Cancer Control and Prevention of the Southwest Oncology Group Statistical Center and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington.

Bone Cancer Surgeons Join Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center

Two new Southern California orthopedic oncologists recently joined Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center in Los Angeles.

Lawrence R. Menendez, MD, and Daniel C. Allison, MD, FACS, MBA, have partnered with Earl Warren Brien, MD, Director of Musculoskeletal Tumor Service at the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center. 

The surgeons specialize in metastatic bone disease, sarcoma cancers of the bone and soft tissue, invasive skin cancers and melanomas, and complex tumor-like conditions. 

Dr. Menendez and Dr. Allison previously held leadership positions in orthopedic oncology at the University of Southern California. 

Dr. Menendez served as Chief of the Metastatic Bone Clinic, the Multidisciplinary Sarcoma Center and the Center for Orthopaedic Oncology.  

His research focuses largely on musculoskeletal tumors.  

Before joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Allison was Assistant Chief of the University of Southern California Center for Orthopaedic Oncology at the University of Southern California Norris Cancer Hospital. He has expertise in musculoskeletal oncology, joint reconstruction, and anterior hip replacement. ■