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Medical News & Perspectives
July 7, 2015

Varmus Returns to His Roots in Cancer Genetics

JAMA. 2015;314(1):13-14. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4231

With a Nobel prize and more than 2 decades of influential cancer genetics research under his belt, Harold Varmus, MD, already had an impressive legacy when he took the reins of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1993. But his achievements as director of the agency—the agency’s budget doubled under his watch—cemented his role as one of the nation’s most influential leaders in biomedicine.

Varmus left NIH in 1999 and led Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for a decade before returning to NIH as the director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2010. Now, after nearly 5 years in that role, Varmus is moving on to continue his research at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

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