Thursday, January 25, 2001

Barrett Cancer Center has new director

Part of larger restructuring plan

By Tim Bonfield
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The University of Cincinnati on Wednesday named a new director for the Barrett Cancer Center as part of a larger effort to restructure cancer research and treatment in Cincinnati.

        Dr. Cecilia Fenoglio-Preiser, director of pathology and laboratory medicine for the past 11 years, takes over for Dr. Kenneth Foon, who came to Cincinnati in April 1999 as the Barrett Center's first full-time director in five years.

        The restructuring also includes renegotiating or drop ping a five-year contract with a large private group of cancer doctors called Oncology Hematology Care Inc. and appointing Dr. Andrew Lowy, UC's director of surgical oncology since 1996, as Barrett Center's associate director.

        Dr. Fenoglio-Preiser's task will be to carry out a “millennium plan” for building UC's cancer program into the regional and national force hoped for when the Barrett Center was built in 1988.

        “We've developed a fabulous vision for what cancer care needs to be here,” she said. “We've got more strengths than people recognize.”

        For years, Cincinnati's academic medical center has tried but failed to develop a unified cancer research and treatment program. Meanwhile, better organized cancer centers in Cleveland, Co lumbus, Pittsburgh, New York and other cities have been attracting top cancer experts, research grants, and some Cincinnati patients.

        Dr. Foon, a nationally known cancer vaccine expert who previously directed the University of Kentucky's cancer center, said he plans to focus exclusively on vaccine research.


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