UPMC breast-cancer specialist taking national post
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The American Cancer Society has selected Dr. Victor G. Vogel, a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center breast-cancer specialist, as its national vice president of research.
Dr. Vogel, 56, who's been at UPMC since 1996, is highly regarded for his research in cancer-risk assessment and prevention. With the American Cancer Society he will be based in Atlanta and oversee research on a national scale and oversee lobbying efforts to present a new healthcare agenda to the incoming Obama Administration.
"The reason I'm leaving is because I felt I could help more people by working on research questions that have far-reaching benefits," Dr. Vogel said. "I'll miss Pittsburgh. It's a wonderful place, but I feel a higher calling."
Dr. Vogel served as the national protocol chairman of the National Cancer Institute's STAR Trial, which studied the drugs Tamoxifen and Raloxifene. He has written more than 250 articles, book chapters and abstracts. He also edited the books "Management of Patients at High Risk for Breast Cancer," and "Handbook of Breast Cancer Risk Assessment: Evidence-Based Guidelines for Evaluation, Prevention, Counseling, and Treatment."
He currently serves as professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, while also treating patients at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center.
First Published December 23, 2008 12:20 pm