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U-M Cancer Center appoints Hussain to direct clinical research program

--added 2/08/10

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - After a national search, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has appointed Maha Hussain, M.D., FACP, as the center’s new associate director of clinical research.

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Maha Hussain, M.D., FACP

Hussain will oversee the development of clinical research within each of the Cancer Center research programs. In addition, she will oversee all of the shared resources that support clinical research at the Cancer Center, including the Clinical Trials Office, Protocol Review Committee, and Data Safety and Monitoring Committee.

“Our Cancer Center has a wonderful opportunity to develop innovative clinical research that is drawn from, and in turn, informs more basic research at the center. We are delighted to have someone with Dr. Hussain’s demonstrated leadership abilities, as well as her extensive background in clinical research to head these efforts,” says Max S. Wicha, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Oncology and director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Hussain is a professor of internal medicine and urology at the U-M Medical School, and currently serves as co-leader of the Cancer Center’s urologic oncology program. She received her medical degree from Baghdad University College of Medicine and is a fellow with the American College of Physicians.  She also completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Wayne State University.

Hussain is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the management of genitourinary malignancies and in clinical research of these cancers.  Her research efforts are focused on the development of novel treatment approaches integrating scientific advances into clinical trials for prostate and bladder cancer. 

Hussain has demonstrated leadership in clinical research, having served as an FDA adviser and chair of the Food and Drug Administration's Oncology Drug Advisory Committee, a leader in the Southwest Oncology Group genitourinary committee and immediate past chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology education committee, amongst other national scientific and service roles.  In addition, Hussain chaired the University of Michigan Medical School's Dean's Advisory Council on Clinical Research.

Hussain began her appointment Feb. 1. The position had previously been vacant for several years. 
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Written by Marta Debski; contact by Phone: 734-764-2220 or E-mail: mdebski@umich.edu.

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