Cindy L. Schwartz, MD, MPH, named Section Chief, Medical Director, and Rebecca Jean Slye Chair
We are pleased to announce that Cindy L. Schwartz, MD, MPH, has been offered and accepted the positions of section chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and medical director of Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She also will serve as the Rebecca Jean Slye Chair in Oncology at Children’s. She will join us May 10, 2017.
Dr. Schwartz comes to us from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she has served as interim division head and department chair for the Division of Pediatrics and deputy division head for Clinical and Translational Research for the Department of Pediatrics Patient Care. She also has held the Curtis Distinguished Professorship in Pediatric Cancer. Dr. Schwartz completed her bachelor’s degree at Yale College, her medical degree at the Brown University Program in Medicine, and her master’s degree at Harvard School of Public Health. Her residency in Pediatrics and her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology were through Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Schwartz is an accomplished oncologist with 35 years of academic experience who brings passion and expertise in the areas of Hodgkin lymphoma, osteosarcoma and childhood cancer survivorship. Her research and academic prowess is reflected in her success in obtaining and maintaining NIH and other funding and her significant clinical trials experience.
Of particular note is her track record of leadership with the Children’s Oncology Group. She has served on the group’s Executive Committee, Adolescent and Young Adult Steering Committee, Hodgkin Steering Committee, Bone Tumor Steering Committee and Hodgkin Disease Committee, just to name a few. As the inaugural chair of the Hodgkin Disease Committee, Dr. Schwartz integrated the Hodgkin disease committees of the two legacy NCI clinical trials groups (POG and CCG) into a cohesive clinical research group and developed a clinical research strategy that ultimately supported the development of about 18 clinical trials, sought out translational scientists, and initiated the first pediatric project on an NCI SPORE.
Dr. Schwartz also is a recognized expert in the long-term consequences of therapy in survivors of childhood cancer, having developed and led the long-term survivorship programs at Johns Hopkins, Brown University and the University of Rochester. She chaired the research committee of the Consortium for New England Childhood Cancer Survivors, and she recently published a study of barriers to long-term follow-up in childhood leukemia survivors. She serves on the Adolescent and Young Adult Committee of the National Cancer Center Network. In addition, she is a member of the American Pediatric Society, an exclusive honorary society that acknowledges established pediatric research leaders. Her national and international influence on pediatric cancer treatment has been further extended through her extensive publications and worldwide presentations.
We are especially impressed with her success in mentoring others toward national leadership positions. We are confident her leadership will continue to help us translate research discoveries into lifesaving bedside therapies, such as those from MACC Fund Professor Dr. Jeffrey Medin.
Many thanks to the Search Committee for all their work throughout the hiring process, particularly the chairs of the committee, Dr. Medin and Dr. Girija Konduri. Special appreciation goes to Dr. David Margolis, who in his role as interim medical director and section chief, has demonstrated his passion for the MACC Fund Center’s success.
The children and families served by the MACC Fund Center are fortunate to have such a compassionate, dedicated and talented team working on their behalf. Together, they have built a strong foundation of excellence that will allow for continued advancement and hope for kids with cancer and blood disorders.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Schwartz to our team. Communication with key donors and other stakeholders is underway. Please feel free to share this news with others.
Robert Lane, MD, MS
The Barri L. and David J. Drury Chair in Pediatrics
Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
Pediatrician-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
President & CEO, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Joseph Kerschner, MD
Dean of the School of Medicine and Executive Vice President, Medical College of Wisconsin
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