Nobelist Is Chosen to Fill Cancer Post

May 18, 2010

The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Dr. Harold E. Varmus, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist and former director of the National Institutes of Health, will become director of the National Cancer Institute, the White House announced Monday.

President Obama selected Dr. Varmus, who is now president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, after a lengthy search.

Dr. Varmus is expected to shake up the much-criticized federal cancer program. In a recent report, the National Academy of Sciences said the nation’s most important system for judging the clinical effectiveness of cancer treatments — managed by the cancer institute — was approaching “a state of crisis.” Read More