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  von Eschenbach, Andrew C.
NameAndrew C. von Eschenbach
, Texas , United States
Born October 30, 1941 (81 years)
Last ModifedJuan Croniqueur
Nov 21, 2022 06:29pm
InfoFrom FDA website [Link] ...
"Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., was appointed Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs in September 2005. He holds that appointment concurrently with his position as Director of the National Cancer Institute, to which he was named in January 2002. Dr. von Eschenbach is a nationally recognized urologic surgeon, medical educator, and cancer advocate. He also is a cancer survivor.

Prior to his appointment as Director of NCI, Dr. von Eschenbach spent 25 years at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer. In that position, he led a faculty of nearly 1,000 cancer researchers and clinicians.

At M.D. Anderson he also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and held the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Clinical Research Distinguished Chair in Urologic Oncology. As founding director of M.D. Anderson's Prostate Cancer Research Program, Dr. von Eschenbach was instrumental in fostering integrated research programs in the biology, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of prostate cancer. He also directed the Genitourinary Cancer Center .

Dr. von Eschenbach went to M.D. Anderson as a urologic oncology fellow in 1976 and was invited to join the faculty a year later. In 1983, he was named chairman of the Department of Urology. He also held positions with M.D. Anderson as Consulting Professor of Cell Biology and Professor of Urology.

At the time of his selection as the National Cancer Institute's 12th Director, Dr. von Eschenbach was president-elect of the American Cancer Society. He is also a founding member of C-Change, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that brings together the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address cancer issues.

Dr. von Eschenbach has made significant contributions to the scientific literature, through more than 200 articles, books, and book chapters. He has also served as an editorial board member of several leading journals and on several organizational boards.

Dr. von Eschenbach received the National Health Care Humanitarian Award from the Patient Advocate Foundation in 2005, along with the 2005 Achievement Award from The Paget Foundation. In 2004, Friends of Cancer Research presented him its Cancer Leadership Award, and George Washington University presented him its Distinguished Cancer Public Service Award. Dr. von Eschenbach received an honorary degree from Georgetown University in 2003.

Many other influential organizations have recognized Dr. von Eschenbach for his leadership and accomplishments, among them the American Medical Writers Association, the American Urological Association, the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston.

A native of Philadelphia , Dr. von Eschenbach earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph 's University in 1963 and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1967. He completed residencies in general surgery and urology at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and was then an instructor in urology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

From 1968 to 1971, Dr. von Eschenbach served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps."


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