The University of Kansas Cancer Center has hired its first physician-in-chief, KU officials announced today.
Terance Tsue is a head and neck surgeon and researcher who has served on the KU School of Medicine faculty since 1996.
Tsue will oversee clinical operations at center, reporting to Roy Jensen, the center director, and to Bob Page, chief executive of the KU Hospital.
"Terry Tsue has a track record of bringing different disciplines together to benefit patient care," Page said. "He is both a caring physician and an outstanding researcher who will help both the clinical and research elements in the cancer center continue their spectacular record of quality and growth."
"I think there are tremendous opportunities to enhance our record of success in our merger with Kansas City Cancer Center and our close collaboration with the booming cancer research activity on campus. We can build upon the quality of multidisciplinary care, which has become the hallmark on our patient-focused program," Tsue said.
KU officials are currently awaiting the results of a National Cancer Institute inspection, the culmination of a seven-year push to get NCI designation. They should know yet this year whether the center gains NCI designation, which officials say would boost federal research dollars to KU and assure better care for cancer patients.
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