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New President of Dartmouth College Visits Cancer Center

Briefed on research, patient care, education, and outreach programs

July 2, 2009

Dr. Jim Yong Kim visit

L-R: Allen J. Dietrich, MD; Duane A. Compton, PhD; William R. Green, PhD, Dean, Dartmouth Medical School; Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD; Mark A. Israel, MD; Thomas A. Colacchio, MD, President, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic

On his second day as Dartmouth's 17th president, Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD, continued his introduction and information gathering sessions in his new community, including a visit to Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center as a part of his tour of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Kim met with the Cancer Center's director, Mark A. Israel, MD, and leaders of its population and basic science research programs, Allen J. Dietrich, MD, and Duane A. Compton, PhD.

"We are pleased to welcome to Dartmouth a president and educator committed to utilizing Dartmouth's strengths in the service of change and improving quality of life both in the U.S. and globally," Dr. Israel said. Dr. Kim expressed an interest in learning more about the research, patient care, education, and outreach programs of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of 40 nationally designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers of the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Dietrich briefed Dr. Kim on some of the areas of population-based cancer research where Dartmouth has taken a leadership role, including translational research from the bench to the bedside and to communities. "What is unique and important about Dartmouth is the degree of interaction among its scientists working in cancer epidemiology and control, and their involvement locally, nationally, and globally in working to reduce risk and prevent cancer," Dr. Dietrich said. He cited as an example Norris Cotton Cancer Center's leadership in the development and implementation of the New Hampshire State Cancer Plan.

Dr. Compton discussed cancer basic science and education at Norris Cotton Cancer Center with Dr. Kim, pointing out that it involves faculty and students from all areas of Dartmouth-ranging from Dartmouth's undergraduate and graduate science programs to its Engineering and Medical Schools. Compton explained that Norris Cotton Cancer Center creates the infrastructure for Dartmouth's cancer research, education, and services, and in turn generates new cancer programs and grant funding at the institution. The Cancer Center also provides a basis for teaching at all levels, from the involvement of Dartmouth undergraduates in its laboratories, to the medical and graduate student education that is integral to its mission.

The first physician to serve as Dartmouth's president, Dr. Kim also is an anthropologist who brings a passion for learning, innovation, and service to Dartmouth. President Kim comes to Dartmouth from Harvard University where he has been chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and director of the Franois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. President Kim is also a former senior official at the World Health Organization and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Partners In Health.