Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Names National Cancer Institute Pediatric Oncology Clinical Director as Head of its Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases
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LOS ANGELES (March 27, 2013) - After serving 14 years as clinical director of the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the internationally renowned pediatric hematologist-oncologist, Alan S. Wayne, MD, is joining Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California (USC).
“This is a major recruitment for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and represents a significant step forward in distinguishing ourselves as the undisputed clinical leader in the treatment of pediatric cancer and blood diseases and the research hub that identifies the cures for these debilitating conditions,” says Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Dr. Wayne’s work at the National Cancer Institute has earned him an international reputation as one of the top clinicians and researchers in his field, and it’s an honor to have him join our prestigious Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, one of the largest such centers in the United States.”
“Alan Wayne is among the foremost hematology and oncology physician researchers in the country,” says Brent Polk, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and vice president of Academic Affairs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and chair of Pediatrics and vice dean for Child Health at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “His work has already become the vanguard of clinicians studying childhood leukemias and lymphomas and developing innovative therapies.”
At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Wayne will assume the Stuart E. Siegel Endowed Chair and his directorship duties will include responsibility for the delivery of patient care services to all inpatients and outpatients of the hospital’s cancer and blood diseases center and the hematology-oncology and bone marrow transplantation division. In addition, he will oversee direction for research, lead fundraising efforts and promote the hospital’s missions and values in the community. He also will supervise the quality and accreditation of oncology and hematology teaching programs for interns, residents and fellows.
"Dr. Wayne will increase the scientific integration and collaborative work between the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and the broader community at Children's Hospital, The Saban Research Institute and the University of Southern California," says Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MBA, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a member of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Board of Trustees. "We welcome him to Children's Hospital and to the USC faculty."
Each day, the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases treats the most complex and rare conditions. Because of the Center’s expertise, it is a major referral center for families from all over Southern California, the United States and the world. The Center provides care for more than 1,100 new patients each year and handles approximately 25,000 outpatient visits annually. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is ranked fifth in the nation for cancer care on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals list.
“Treating cancer and blood diseases and finding cures is a core mission of the hospital and Dr. Wayne’s leadership and guidance will enable the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases to achieve new heights,” says Stuart E. Siegel, MD, the current director of the hospital’s Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. “This is a major coup for the hospital.”
In his new role with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and USC, Wayne looks forward to working with these institutions and the Los Angeles community to build upon the excellence of the current programs to support the clinical care, research and education missions, to further advance the fields of pediatric hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation and to improve the outlook for children with cancer and blood disorders.
"It is a great honor and privilege to join the hospitaland the university and to follow the impressive legacy of Dr. Siegel, who in his decades of service has led the development of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases into an internationally-recognized institution,” Wayne says.