Giles Appointed as Deputy Director for the Lurie Cancer Center

Northwestern Medicine
News October 16, 2014
Deputy Director, Dr. GilesLeonidas Plantinas, MD, PhD, director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, announced the appointment of Francis J. Giles, MB, MD, FRCPI, FRCPath, as deputy director. As deputy director, Dr. Giles will report to Dr. Platanias and oversee Northwestern Medicine’s clinical research cancer programs and developmental therapeutics initiatives.

Dr. Giles previously served as the Lurie Cancer Center’s Associate Director for Translational Research and Developmental Therapeutics, and has been director of the Northwestern Medicine Developmental Therapeutics Institute since 2013. Dr. Giles is a global leader in the field of developmental therapeutics with a specific emphasis on personalized therapies for patients with cancer, an approach that utilizes advanced molecular technologies to match patients with targeted treatments that optimize chances for response.

“Frank has already made major contributions to the Lurie Cancer Center,” said Dr. Platanias. “He brings exceptional expertise and experience in clinical and translational research and has a major interest in education and mentorship of faculty in developmental therapeutics and personalized medicine. He will play a key role in the expansion of our clinical and translational programs and our efforts to establish Northwestern as a global leader in the delivery of personalized cancer care.” 

“Our Lurie Cancer Center and Northwestern Medicine communities are expanding in a particularly exciting manner,” said Dr. Giles. “We have ambitious goals for the next few years, and our rapidly evolving translational programs will establish the Lurie Cancer Center as a national and international destination for tailored developmental therapeutics. Leon is leading a great team within the Lurie Cancer Center and we are particularly fortunate to have extraordinary philanthropic partners who are so committed to our transformative work.”

Dr. Giles received his MB, BCh, BAO and MD degrees from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, the Royal College of Pathologists (UK), and the European Academy of Cancer Sciences. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles focused on oncology developmental therapeutics.
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