Max S. Wicha, MD, has announced he will step down as Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center where he has served for the past 27 years. Dr. Wicha founded University of Michigan’s Cancer Center in 1986 and shepherded it to its first National Cancer Institute Cancer Center designation in 1988. Dr. Wicha will continue both his clinical practice and his active research lab, which has grown to include about 30 people. His team’s cancer stem cell research has advanced into testing of anti-stem cell compounds in clinical trials as potential new therapies for advanced cancer.
A national search will be conducted to identify a new Cancer Center director. Dr. Wicha will remain as Director until his successor is named. ■