Lurie Cancer Center Names Leonidas Platanias as Interim Director

Northwestern Medicine
News January 02, 2014
 Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhDNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has named Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD, professor of Medicine-Hematology/Oncology, interim director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, effective immediately.

The current deputy director of the Lurie Cancer Center, Platanias arrived at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2002 as the Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology. Prior to joining the medical school, he was the chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to his duties as interim director, he will continue his molecular biology and biochemistry research focused on signaling pathways in cancer cells.

“Leon has provided great leadership over the past decade, recruiting numerous faculty and helping build the Lurie Cancer Center’s international prominence,” said Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean. “As interim director, he will carry forward the Center’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier cancer research facilities.”
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