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Richard G. Pestell's Biography

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Director Richard G. Pestell, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Richard G. Pestell
Dr. Richard G. Pestell

Richard G. Pestell completed his M.D. (1981) and Ph.D. degrees in Australia. He undertook post doctoral and clinical training in Hematology/Oncology and Endocrinology and continued research at Harvard University and served as Clinical fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was the recipient of the Royal Australian College of Physicians Winthrop and Neil Hamilton Fairley awards (19911994). At Georgetown University he was Associate Vice President of Georgetown University Medical Center, Chairman of the Department of Oncology, and Director of the Lombardi Cancer Center from 2002-2005. He was Member, Board of Directors, Georgetown University Hospital and served on Medstar Health Boards (2002-2006). During his tenure at Georgetown he directed the successful competitive renewal of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center core grant in 2002, a doubling of the NCI grant base of the Center, developed a multi hospital clinical trials network, founded a cancer screening facility for underserved women with Andrea Jung and the Avon Foundation (March 9, 2004), a clinical cancer genetics screening program and developed new clinical translational research programs. He was the founding Director of the Delaware Valley Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (2008 - 2010), and is currently the Director of the Kimmel Cancer Center, Associate Dean and Vice President Oncology Services, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital, Philadelphia. The Jefferson Cancer Network includes 26 institutions and hospitals in the Northeast of the United States. He founded the biotech company AAA Phoenix, was president of INCTR (USA) from 2005 - 2010.

Dr. Pestell has authored more than 575 published works, more than 367 original manuscripts and reviews, 23 book chapters and more than 170 published abstracts. His papers have been published in outstanding journals including Cell, Science, Nature Medicine, Molecular Cell and EMBO J. His work is highly cited (> 32,500 citations, H index 94 according to Google Scholar). In March 2002 he was ranked first in the world for increase in total scientific impact in biology and first in the world for biochemistry (ISI)

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