Wadih Arap, MD, PhD will join UNM as the new Deputy Director of the UNM Cancer Center and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine. He will hold the Victor and Ruby Hansen Surface Endowed Chair in Cancer Medicine. Currently the Stringer Professor of Medicine and Experimental Diagnostic Imaging and Deputy Chair of the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology in the Division of Cancer Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Arap earned his MD degree from the University of São Paulo Medical School in Brazil and completed his clinical training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He earned his PhD in Cancer Biology from Stanford University and the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in La Jolla.
During his 14-year tenure at M.D. Anderson, Dr. Arap gained international recognition for his expertise in the treatment of prostate cancer. His research focused on the development of new cancer drugs and therapies that could be precisely targeted to cancer cells. His research, supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and several philanthropic foundations, has led to over 60 patents worldwide and the publication of over 150 scientific studies. Among his many honors are The V Foundation Award on Translational Cancer Research (2001), The Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (2009) and his election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
“Dr. Arap is a highly accomplished physician-scientist with an exceptional record as a visionary and an effective leader. I am confident he will guide the UNM Health Sciences Center to even greater excellence in research and his recruitment will accelerate our efforts to provide outstanding cancer care for all New Mexicans,” said Paul Roth, M.D., UNM Chancellor for Health Sciences, Dean of the UNM School of Medicine, and CEO of the UNM Health System.