Trump’s Pick for National Cancer Institute: “An Excellent Choice”


President Trump appointed Norman “Ned” Sharpless, to be the next director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  He is 50-years-old.

NCI has a budget of $5.4 billion.  Harold Varmus, the previous director of NCI, stepped down in the beginning of 2015.  The current acting director is Douglas Lowy.

The White House made an announcement on Friday evening:

“Sharpless earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He completed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and his hematology/oncology fellowship at Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care.  A practicing oncologist caring for patients with leukemia, Dr. Sharpless also leads a research group studying the cell cycle and its role in cancer and aging.  He has authored more than 150 original scientific papers, reviews and book chapters. He holds 10 patents that form the core intellectual property of two NC-based biotechnology startup companies. Dr. Sharpless is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He serves on the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ board of directors, and on the National Institute of Aging’s National Advisory Council on Aging.”

He receives multiple commendations from cancer research centers and his peers.

Michael A. Caliguri, president of the American Association for Cancer Research (Philadelphia, PA), says:

“[Sharpless] brings impressive qualifications to this extremely important position, including his background as a top-tier physician-scientist and his previous positions… including his current role”

Finally, Sharpless’s postdoctoral advisor Ronal DePinho of MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX) says:

“[He has] strong interpersonal and communication skills that will serve the community well, particularly with Congress and its support for the NIH.”

Finally, Harold Varmus, Sharpless’s predecessor for the position, says:

“From everything I know, this is an excellent choice.”


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1 Comment

  1. Hasan Mukhtar

    June 14, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Impressive choice.

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