Hematologist-oncologist Guido Marcucci wants 'a society free of cancer'
April 24, 2015 | by City of Hope
Guido Marcucci, M.D., wants to put himself out of business.
A respected clinician and esteemed basic and translational scientist, Marcucci joins City of Hope as co-director of the Gehr Family Center for Leukemia Research within the Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute. In this position, and as director of the Division of Hematopoietic Stem Cell and Leukemia Research, Marcucci will guide research into improved treatments, and even cures, for leukemia and other hematologic malignancies.
“For a physician-scientist like myself, City of Hope is an ideal place to work because both the research and clinical missions are fundamental and equally important for pursuing a society free of cancer,” he said.
Marcucci said he has a long-held passion for cancer research, and in particular for understanding its root causes. “I have always been interested in answering the fundamental questions of what events initiate cancer, and I believe that leukemia can be used as a model to answer these questions,” he said.
Ultimately, Marcucci hopes his work will make cancer — and in particular, leukemia — a footnote in history. “I know what a devastating disease leukemia can be for patients and their families. I would love one day to be able to say that I helped to alleviate their suffering.”
Marcucci, who will also serve as a professor in the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, joins City of Hope from Ohio State University, where he was a professor of internal medicine and molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics, and pharmaceutics in the Division of Hematology at the university’s comprehensive cancer center.
He held The Charles Austin Doan Chair of Medicine in the College of Medicine, and was the associate director for translational research at the cancer center. Board-certified in internal medicine and oncology, Marcucci has received numerous grants from the National Cancer Institute for his clinical and research work into acute myeloid leukemia. He also serves on the editorial boards of several journals and has published more than 270 peer-reviewed articles and papers.
“City of Hope is extremely fortunate to have a scientist and physician of Dr. Marcucci’s caliber and accomplishments as co-director of our new leukemia center,” said Steven T. Rosen, provost and chief scientific officer. “His experience in leukemia and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in particular will help us change the future for both current and future patients.”
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