We are pleased to announce that John P. Leonard, M.D., The Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine and the NewYork Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, will be appointed to Executive Vice Chair of the Weill Department of Medicine (WDOM) as of July 1, 2018.
Dr. Leonard has served as the WDOM’s Vice Chair of Clinical Research for many years and, more recently, as the department’s Interim Chair. His outstanding operational and leadership skills will be utilized in his new role as Executive Vice Chair, a role in which he will advance key educational and academic activities as well as other areas of importance to the department.
Additionally, Dr. Leonard, who is a nationally and internationally recognized authority on hematological malignancies, will also develop a Center for Lymphoma within the WDOM’s Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology. Under his superb leadership, this new center will become a hub that grows and integrates the division’s already extensive patient care and clinical/translational research programs in the field of lymphoma. He will also serve as a leader in implementation of hematologic malignancy disease management teams within the Meyer Cancer Center.
Lastly, Dr. Leonard will continue in his role as Associate Dean of Clinical Research at Weill Cornell Medical College, as well as in leading the Joint Clinical Trials Office (JCTO) of WCM and NYP. It is expected that the JCTO will expand and integrate efforts at NYP-Brooklyn Methodist and NYP-Queens in the near future.
A pioneer in the development of novel therapeutics in lymphoma, Dr. Leonard is one of the leaders of the national lymphoma clinical trials effort as leader of the Lymphoma Committee for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, which is a part of the National Clinical Trials Network of the National Cancer Institute. For more than two decades, he has spearheaded many innovative initiatives in the WDOM for patient-oriented research. This fall he will receive the Honorary Fellowship Award from the Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association; this award recognizes faculty members whose scholarship, dedication, and leadership have greatly enriched the life of the Medical College, its faculty and its students.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Leonard on his new and expanded roles in the WDOM.