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Abdulkadir Named Director of International Relations

Sarki A. Abdulkadir, MD, PhD, has been appointed Director of International Relations for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Abdulkadir brings his interest in training the next generation of scientists, his exceptional track record of research initiatives and his understanding of international funding agencies to this new role.

Dr. Abdulkadir is the John T. Grayhack, MD, Professor of Urological Research at the Feinberg School of Medicine and a member of the Lurie Cancer Center. He joined Northwestern in 2013 from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology.

The Director of International Relations will provide leadership in coordinating and expanding global alliances and partnerships of the Lurie Cancer Center and facilitate the global research efforts of its members. In coordination with Northwestern Medicine's International Patient Services Department, this strategic new position will expand referring physician relationships from overseas as well as patient referrals. Dr. Abdulkadir will serve on the International Committee for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and will participate in the health initiatives of Chicago Sister Cities International.

“Sarki is an outstanding medical researcher with a major interest in driving global health initiatives. We are excited about his vision and look forward to his leadership in strengthening and promoting the Lurie Cancer Center’s international reach,” said Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD, interim director of the Lurie Cancer Center.

Dr. Abdulkadir received combined undergraduate and medical degrees from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria in 1990. After a year of medical internship, he moved to the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellow, receiving a PhD in Immunology in 1995. He subsequently completed a residency in clinical pathology integrated with a postdoctoral research fellowship in prostate cancer at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

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