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Leadership Update

Terry A. Belmont, CEO, UC Irvine Medical Center
Ralph V. Clayman, MD, Dean, UC Irvine Health School of Medicine

July 22, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce the appointment of Richard Van Etten, MD, PhD, as the director of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Upon his arrival on Oct. 1, 2013, Dr. Van Etten will assume the duties that have been ably handled by interim director Sheldon Greenfield, MD. It is with heartfelt gratitude that we recognize Dr. Greenfield for his leadership and service during this time. We also wish to thank the cancer center director search committee, under the leadership of Ranjan Gupta, MD, whose diligent work identified Dr. Van Etten as a candidate for this position.

Dr. Van Etten comes to UC Irvine Health from Tufts Medical Center, where he served as chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and director of Tufts Cancer Center.

He is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research focusing on chronic myeloid leukemia and other hematological malignancies. During his tenure at Tufts Medical Center, he also directed a highly successful research laboratory, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, at the Molecular Oncology Research Institute.

Dr. Van Etten received both his medical degree and PhD in biophysics from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and hematology at Harvard’s Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Dr. Van Etten will continue to build on the cancer center’s reputation, which was established by its founding director, Dr. Frank Meyskens, Vice Dean for UC Irvine Health School of Medicine and the Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. Endowed Chair. Under Dr. Meysken’s leadership, the cancer center received designation as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Today, it is one of only 41 such acclaimed centers in the U.S.

As the cancer center’s new director, Dr. Van Etten will serve as the principal investigator of the NCI cancer center Support Grant and will integrate the cancer center’s research and clinical endeavors. He will seek to partner with our faculty to bridge basic, clinical and translational cancer research throughout the UC Irvine research community.

We are truly fortunate to have Dr. Van Etten join our organization. His leadership, integrity, diligence and vision will ensure that the national reputation of excellence for the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center will continue into a new phase of growth.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Van Etten to his new appointment.


Terry A. Belmont
Chief Executive Officer
UC Irvine Medical Center

Ralph V. Clayman, MD
Dean & Professor of Urology
UC Irvine Health School of Medicine