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Gradishar Named Deputy Director for Lurie Cancer Center Clinical Network

William Gradishar, MD, was appointed Deputy Director for the Clinical Network of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Network of Northwestern University. In this new role, Dr. Gradishar will oversee the coordination of clinical cancer services within Lurie Cancer Center’s affiliated network, working closely with the Medical Directors for Oncology Services in the different regions of Northwestern Medicine.

“The creation of this new position is a reflection of the Lurie Cancer Center’s significant growth and the expansion of Northwestern Medicine throughout the Chicago area” said Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD, Director of the Lurie Cancer Center. “Bill is an outstanding physician and a highly respected leader. I am looking forward to working closely with him on this important initiative to increase the depth and breadth of care available to patients across our rapidly expanding network.”

Gradishar is the Betsy Bramsen Professor of Breast Oncology, and Professor of Medicine and Deputy Chief in the Division of Hematology / Oncology at the Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Lurie Cancer Center’s Maggie Daley Center for Women’s Cancer Care, where he develops and implements clinical trials of new therapeutic approaches for breast cancer. 

Dr. Gradishar has served as Chair of the Lurie Cancer Center’s Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium, a nationally recognized, four-day meeting for the practicing clinician, since its inception in 1998. His research focuses on the development of adjuvant therapies and novel therapeutics for the treatment of breast cancer. 

A Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Dr. Gradishar is also a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, and the American Federation for Clinical Research. He has held numerous leadership positions in ASCO, been a member of numerous Study Sections for funding agencies including the Department of Defense, NIH, Komen Foundation, and American Cancer Society. He has served as a consultant to the FDA Oncology Drug Advisory Committee (ODAC).  He is a member of the Breast Cancer Core Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). Gradishar is Chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Breast Cancer Guideline Panel and a member of the Breast Cancer Prevention Panel. He was recently appointed Chair of the Breast Cancer Working Group for the Moonshot 2020 Initiative which will spearhead the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of breast cancer.

Dr. Gradishar is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Breast Cancer, Current Treatment Options in Cancer, European Journal of Medical Oncology, Oncology and Editor-in-Chief of NEJM Journal Watch: Oncology and Hematology.

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