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Senior Leadership

Executive decision making is vested in the Senior Leadership Council, which is chaired by the Director and includes the Deputy Director and Associate Directors as well as senior advisors and other key institutional leaders.

Cancer Center Directors

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Richard Van Etten, MD, PhD
Chao Family Endowed Director’s Chair in Cancer Research and Treatment
Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry

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Deputy Director and Associate Director for Basic Science

Marian Waterman, PhD
Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Director, Cancer Research Institute

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Associate Director for Clinical Science

Susan O’Brien, MD
Medical Director, Sue & Ralph Stern Center for Clinical Trials & Research
Chao Family Endowed Chair for Cancer Clinical Science
Professor of Medicine

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Associate Director for Population Science & Cancer Control

Karen Edwards, PhD
Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Professor of Epidemiology

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Associate Director for Cancer Research Education & Training

Edward Nelson, MD
Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Associate Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

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Associate Director for Cancer Health Disparities & Community Engagement

Sora Park Tanjasiri, DrPH, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology

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Associate Director for Administration & Finance

Christine Hui, MPH

Advisors and Institutional Representatives

Allen Chen, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Dan Cooper, MD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences
Professor of Pediatrics
Hung Fan, PhD
Senior Advisor
Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research
Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Frank Meyskens, MD
Director Emeritus, Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine, Biological Chemistry and Public Health
Alessio Pigazzi, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Suzanne Sandmeyer, PhD
Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine
Ashley Tydon
Administrative Director, Clinical Research Operations
Sandra Masson, RN, MSN
Senior Director, Oncology Clinical Services
Caroline Pereira, MBA
Executive Director of Development, Cancer Programs
Brian McClendon
Assistant Director, Administrative Programs
Internal Contact: bmcclend@uci.edu