Itís common that many Health Science Center alumni are leaders across the globe. But thereís nothing ordinary about our graduates. Each is outstanding. Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., is one of those shining examples.
A 1985 graduate of the Health Science Centerís School of Medicine, Dr. DuBois was recently named director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tenn. The research programs of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center focus on the discovery of new approaches for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer.
"We have been incredibly fortunate to have someone of Ray DuBoisí caliber on our faculty to step into the role of center director," said Harry R. Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor of health affairs at Vanderbilt University. "He has the credentials, the skills and the reputation throughout the scientific community to take the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center to its next level of greatness."
Dr. DuBois is world renowned for his research that is leading to the understanding of how drugs normally used to treat arthritis can be used to treat and prevent cancer. His unparalleled achievements in the field of digestive disease earned him the American Gastroenterological Associationís 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award.
"My time spent as a medical student at the Health Science Center was extremely important in preparing me for my future training in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital," Dr. DuBois said.
"I found the experience I obtained in San Antonio prepared me extremely well for presentations on rounds and in physical diagnostic skills. During my fourth year as a medical student at the Health Science Center, I completed a hematology/oncology rotation at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, which really got me thinking about a career in cancer research."
As center director, Dr. DuBois said his goals are to maintain the excellence already established at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and to build novel, cutting-edge programs that continue to advance the centerís fight against cancer.
"Our center sees about 50,000 cancer outpatients each year and we would like to ultimately see that number increase by about 25 percent to 30 percent," Dr. DuBois said.
Dr. DuBois earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. After receiving his medical degree from the Health Science Center, he completed his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University.
Prior to being named director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Dr. DuBois was the director of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition and professor of cancer biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
"Simply put, our goal is to have the best cancer center in the world, which requires the best leader in the world. That person is Ray DuBois," said Gordon Gee, J.D., Ed.D, chancellor of Vanderbilt University. "I cannot imagine a more capable, more insightful physicianand scholar to build the future of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center."
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