Ruckdeschel Takes Helm at Mississippi

John C. Ruckdeschel, MD, has joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) as Cancer Institute director and Ergon Chair in Cancer Research. Dr. Ruckdeschel was previously director of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. He is succeeding Srinivasan Vijayakumar, MD, who served three years as UMMC Cancer Institute director.

As a clinician, Dr. Ruckdeschelís career has focused on lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. Heís credited with more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and co-editorship of the Textbook of Thoracic Oncology. He is currently a North American editor for the Cochrane Lung Cancer Review Group.

Dr. Ruckdeschel completed his undergraduate education in biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York. He went on to an internship at Johns Hopkins, residency at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston and fellowship at the National Cancer Instituteís Baltimore Cancer Research Center.