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Emmanuel Katsanis, MD, professor of pediatrics, pathology and immunobiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, has been appointed director of the college’s MD-PhD Program.
Dr. Katsanis also holds the Louise Thomas Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer Research at the Steele Children’s Research Center and is head of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in the UA Department of Pediatrics. He is a member of the Arizona Cancer Center and the UA BIO5 Institute.
The MD-PhD Program is a collaboration of the UA College of Medicine and the UA Graduate College designed for medical students planning careers in academic medicine and biomedical research, who, in addition to medical school, receive extensive formal training to enhance their research skills. Doctoral studies may be pursued through a number of UA biomedical sciences departments and interdisciplinary programs.
Dr. Katsanis will revitalize and restructure the MD-PhD Program to enhance the training of physician-scientists who will advance investigative, translational and clinical medicine. He was chosen for the position based on his expertise in basic and translational medical research, clinical experience, quality of research, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.
As a physician-scientist, Dr. Katsanis provides clinical care for children with cancer and blood disorders and conducts research at the Steele Center. He currently serves on several National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant study sections, numerous international grant-funding organizations and on journal editorial boards. He has published extensively in the areas of cancer immunology and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (the use of blood- and immune cell-forming stem cells recovered from blood or bone marrow to treat patients with cancers and other disorders of the blood and immune systems). He has received grants from the Medical Research Council of Canada, NIH National Cancer Institute, United States Department of Defense, Canadian Cancer Society, American Cancer Society and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Dr. Katsanis received his medical degree from the National University of Athens Medical School in Greece in 1980. He completed postdoctoral work in medicine (1981-1982) and a rotating internship (1982-1983) at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, followed by a pediatric residency at the University of Ottawa, Canada (1983-1987). He completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation (1987-1990) and postdoctoral work in tumor and transplant immunology (1990-1991) at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He was an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Minnesota prior to joining the UA faculty in 1997. He was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and professor in 2004.