Ernest T. Hawk to Head National Cancer Institute Office of Centers, Training and Resources
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) today announced the appointment
Ernest T. Hawk, M.D., M.P.H., as director of NCI's Office of Centers,
Training and Resources, effective Nov. 14, 2004. Hawk has served
as chief of NCI's Gastrointestinal and Other Cancers Research Group,
part of the Division of Cancer Prevention, since 1999.
As the new director of the Office of Centers, Training and Resources,
Hawk will be responsible for the overall scientific, fiscal, and
administrative management of the office, including broad strategic
planning, development, implementation and evaluation. He will oversee
the four branches of the office the Cancer Centers Branch, the
Cancer Training Branch, the Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch,
and the Organ Systems Branch which cover the entire spectrum of
cancer research. All of the branches have undergone major strategic
changes and expansion over the past several years. Together, their
portfolio of grants totals over $500 million.
Hawk brings extensive peer review and grants oversight experience
to his new position. His thorough understanding of the program policies
and research priorities of NCI will facilitate the Cancer Centers'
efforts to make significant contributions to the understanding,
prevention, and treatment of cancer.
Hawk is enthusiastic about supporting training, career development
and educational grant programs, as well as enhancing cancer research
in minority institutions, increasing health disparities research
at Cancer Centers, and helping to develop the careers of minority
scientists from high school to independent investigator. Hawk also
is committed to Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs),
which foster interdisciplinary research and strive to speed the
exchange between laboratory research findings and applied settings
involving patients and populations. Through SPOREs, established
at NCI in 1992, laboratory and clinical scientists work collaboratively
to plan, design and implement research programs that impact on cancer
prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and control. There are
now over 60 SPOREs in place across the United States, with all major
cancer sites represented.
"A respected researcher, clinician, and grants manager, Dr.
Hawk recognizes and appreciates the role that extramural grant programs,
training, and minority research play in the understanding of cancer
and in the promotion of translational research," said Karen
H. Antman, M.D., deputy director for Translational and Clinical
Science at NCI.
Hawk came to NCI in 1993 as a cancer prevention fellow. He then
held positions in the Chemoprevention Branch before becoming chief
of the Gastrointestinal and Other Cancers Research Group in 1999.
Hawk received his medical degree from Wayne State University School
of Medicine in Detroit, Mich., and trained in internal medicine
at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., and in oncology
at the University of California, San Francisco. He received a Masters of Public Health in 1994 from
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md.
"I am extremely pleased that Dr. Hawk has accepted this position,"
said NCI Director Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D. "He brings with
him a wealth of experience as both a manager and a researcher, and
he will be a strong member of NCI's senior leadership team."
Linda Weiss, Ph.D., has served as acting director of the Office
of Centers, Training and Resources since the retirement of its previous
director, Brian Kimes, Ph.D., in January 2004. Weiss will remain
in her position as chief of the Cancer Centers Branch. Jaye Viner,
M.D., M.P.H., will serve as acting chief of the Gastrointestinal
and Other Cancers Research Group.
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NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).