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Lesniak Joins the Lurie Cancer Center

Influential neurosurgical oncologist Maciej (Matt) Lesniak, MD, has joined the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Lesniak has been named the Michael J. Marchese Professor and chair of the department of Neurological Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and plays a leadership role in the expansion of neuro-oncology programs at the Lurie Cancer Center and its Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI).

An internationally recognized physician-scientist, Dr. Lesniak is renowned for his expertise in the neurosurgical management of patients with brain and spinal cord tumors. He joins Northwestern from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he is a professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Cancer Biology as well as director of neurosurgical oncology and neuro-oncology research.

“Matt is a superb surgeon and an exceptionally accomplished physician-scientist,” said Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD, director of the Lurie Cancer Center. “His research is supported by one of the largest grant portfolios in the country, and his presence will expand our strengths as a leader in neuro-oncology research. I’m very excited that he is joining the Lurie Cancer Center.”

Dr. Lesniak’s research interests are focused on novel targeted therapies for brain cancer, including gene therapy, stem cell biology, immunotherapy, and nanotechnology. He is currently the principal investigator of six multi-million dollar grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as a recipient of the 2015 National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award for exceptional and transformative cancer research. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  In addition, Dr. Lesniak has a Master's degree in Health Care Management from Harvard.

“I am thrilled to join Northwestern and the Lurie Cancer Center. The environment and the atmosphere here are inspiring and the caliber of research without equal,” Lesniak said. “For years I  have been drawn to the people working here and now I have the opportunity to not only collaborate with great scientists and clinicians, but also to work with our director, Dr. Leonidas Platanias, on making the Lurie Cancer Center the best in the nation.”

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