Doroshow to give inaugural Hardesty Lecture

To be held as part of Cancer Center Gala Week

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – James H. Doroshow, M.D., director and senior investigator of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, will give the inaugural Hardesty Lecture at West Virginia University April 14. The speech is part of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center’s Celebration Week and Gala.

Dr. Doroshow will present “The Role of Clinical Trials in Cancer Care” from 4 to 5 p.m. in the WVU Health Sciences Center’s Patteson Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

At the National Cancer Institute, Doroshow works with outside scientists and clinicians, patient advocates and professional cancer organizations. In addition to his lab work, he leads more than 800 professional staff members who represent scientific specialties. He received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Harvard. After internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, he spent three years as a clinical associate in the NCI’s Medicine Branch. He is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.

The Hardesty Lecture was established in honor of another Harvard graduate – former WVU President David C. Hardesty, Jr., and his wife, Susan Brown Hardesty.

The series, which will bring renowned cancer scientists and physicians to the WVU campus, is a tribute to the couple’s service to their alma mater and their impact on the university’s growth and development.

David Hardesty, WVU’s 21st president, served from 1995 to 2007. A former WVU student body president and Rhodes Scholar, he established more than 25 student-centered programs during his tenure, all aimed at creating a culture of achievement and excellence among students.

Several teaching and research initiatives – including neurosciences, energy, forensics and biometrics – earned national and international accolades under Hardesty’s leadership. During his administration, research funding more than doubled to $150 million and the university invested almost $1 billion in capital improvements.

Hardesty, who continues to serve WVU as a professor of law, holds degrees from WVU, Oxford University and Harvard Law School.

Susan Brown Hardesty was the founder and national chair of the WVU Mountaineer Parents Club, which was created to connect parents and family members with the WVU student experience. Today, the club includes more than 20,000 members and 66 local clubs nationally and around the world.

She also planned and hosted trips for WVU’s “Gold and Blue Travelers,” which visited 26 countries during the 12 years of the Hardesty administration. Susan Hardesty is a charter member and former chair of the College of Creative Arts Board of Visitors. In recognition of her higher education leadership activities, she was inducted into the Order of Vandalia, the highest recognition for service awarded by WVU.

Hardesty holds degrees from WVU and the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies.

The inaugural Hardesty Lecture is the first of several events to be held in celebration of the expansion of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The remainder of the week will feature a ribbon-cutting event, patient story forum, and will end with the annual black-tie gala.

For information on Gala Week see www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/gala.




For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 04-09-09

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