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Dr. Michael Berman to be Chair of the Clinical Research Advisory Council

Dear Colleagues,

We are so pleased to announce that Michael L. Berman, MD, will rejoin the leadership of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center as Chair of the Cancer Center’s Clinical Research Advisory Council (CRAC), one of the key research oversight committees of the Cancer Center.  Along with co-Chair Mike Lilly MD, he will serve as a liaison between Center Investigators, CFCCC Administration and various University entities.  Their focus will be to define clinical research priorities, and review issues related to the conduct of all clinical research protocols including the following:  contracting concerns, feasibility to accrue patients, potential competing studies, progress of studies in-development, pressing clinical research issues, adequate nursing staff, adequate training of personnel, space issues, operational issues, and pharmacy capacity. 

"Mike Berman was one of the original frontiersmen when developing the Center in the 90’s," said Frank Meyskens, MD, Director of the CFCCC.  "He brings exceptional experience and has been both nationally and internationally recognized for his clinical research achievements in the specialty of Gynecologic Oncology."

Dr. Berman is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and works in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of California, Irvine.  He is past President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) and author of 175 peer reviewed publications, twenty-seven book chapters and co-author of a widely employed surgical atlas.  He has been consistently listed as one of the “Best Doctors” in America in a variety of magazines including Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping and books including Best Doctors in America.   

The CFCCC would also like to acknowledge and thank David Hsiang, MD, for his tremendous efforts and achievements during his tenure as Chair of the Committee.  He served as a CRAC member since 2005, and took over chairmanship in 2010.  His significant expertise in protocol development and associated regulatory and operational issues have been well recognized.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Mike Berman who will begin this new post on October 1st,  and in thanking David Hsiang for his service.