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SOCCI Director Named

Director Named for Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute

Steven Piantadosi, M.D., has been named as the first director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai, effective Dec. 1, 2007. Piantadosi will lead the medical center's programs in cancer research, treatment and education, as well as new initiatives that bring together Cedars-Sinai's physicians and researchers from different areas for innovative clinical and scientific collaborations.

An internationally renowned cancer researcher and clinical trialist, Piantadosi is currently professor of oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of Biostatistics at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. He is also professor of Biostatistics and a professor of Epidemiology at the university's Bloomberg School of Public Health. Piantadosi earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina and his Ph.D. in Biomathematics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Piantadosi is one of the world's leading experts in the design of clinical trials for cancer research and has been a member of several FDA advisory committees. He also serves on external advisory boards for other prominent cancer centers, including the M.D. Anderson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is the author of the classic textbook Clinical Trials: A Methodologic Perspective, which is widely considered the gold standard for cancer clinical trials.

The author of more than 230 peer-reviewed scientific articles, Piantadosi is currently a senior editor of the journal Clinical Cancer Research, and previously served on the advisory board for the International Journal of Clinical Oncology. He also holds leadership positions in several prominent multi-center cancer clinical trials, including the National Emphysema Treatment Trial.

"When Dr. Piantadosi arrives at Cedars-Sinai later this year, we will be scheduling a number of meetings and events to provide an opportunity for him to get better acquainted with the medical staff and employees," said Shlomo Melmed, M.D., senior vice president of Academic Affairs. "Please join us in welcoming Dr. Piantadosi and his family to Cedars-Sinai."