Leone Recruited to Direct Hollings

The Medical University of South Carolina has named Gustavo W. Leone, PhD, director of the Hollings Cancer Center (HCC). His appointment begins March 1, 2017. In addition to his leadership background, Dr. Leone is a cancer research expert with a longstanding record of pursuing innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to cancer research while mentoring and supporting the next generation of cancer researchers.

As director, Dr. Leone will oversee the patient care arm of HCC as well as lead cancer-related research efforts in order to achieve and promote transdisciplinary and translational collaborative research. HCC includes more than 120 faculty-level cancer scientists with an annual research funding portfolio of $44 million. A primary goal for Dr. Leone will be to support and enhance the infrastructure key to the centerís prestigious NCI-designated status and to build programming and recruitment efforts to attain NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status.

Dr. Leone earned his doctoral degree from the University of Calgary and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University in 1998 before joining The Ohio State University (OSU) as an assistant professor at OSUís NCI-designated James Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Leone advanced to full professor in molecular genetics in 2011 and held the Klotz Chair in Cancer Research. In his leadership positions as director of the Solid Tumor Biology Program and associate director for basic research, he was instrumental in the rise of the James Comprehensive Cancer Center to the top tier of all cancer centers. Dr. Leone also expanded mentoring, recruitment, and collaborative research efforts as a founding member of the Pelotonia Fellowship Program in Cancer Research, with specific goals to train basic and translational researchers across the cancer continuum.