Arizona medical school professor tapped as GW Cancer Center director

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Bauman will develop a clinical cancer program through expanding the oncology service line and provide fundraising initiatives to more than 180 participating faculty across SMHS.

Julie Bauman, a professor of medicine and the deputy director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Arizona, will become director of the GW Cancer Center next month.

Officials announced in a release last week that Bauman will “enhance” the clinical, research and academic operations of the center, which can become the leading provider of cancer care and research in the District. Bauman will also teach as a professor of medicine in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences upon joining the University.

“I look forward to engaging the superb basic, population, and clinical scientists across GW schools in a shared vision to defeat cancer,” she said in the release. “I am dedicated to understanding the cancer priorities of the vibrant and diverse D.C. communities and growing the multi-disciplinary cancer services that will bring cutting-edge science to our patients.”

Bauman will expand the oncology service line and provide fundraising initiatives to more than 18 participating faculty across SMHS to develop a clinical cancer program, according to the release. She aims to work with the GW Hospital and the Washington D.C. VA Medical Center and assist underserved patient populations with equal access to cancer care in the area.

Officials said Bauman’s plans will improve patients’ lives and further cancer research to educate future generations in the medical community.

“We are thrilled Dr. Bauman will lead the George Washington University Cancer Center,” interim University President Mark Wrighton said in the release. “She is well-equipped to oversee cancer care, research, prevention and education in collaboration with faculty and leadership across our campuses.”

Barbara Bass, the dean of SMHS and the CEO of the Medical Faculty Associates, said Bauman’s experience as a clinician-scientist will help her build the “necessary” infrastructure for clinical trials and promote health care studies enrollment with her research.

“I look forward to working with Dr. Bauman to expand the critically important cancer-focused efforts at GW and provide high-quality care to those throughout our expanding metropolitan region,” she said in the release.

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