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November 29 , 2007
  Douglas L. Fraker, MD, Appointed to New Position at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center



(PHILADELPHIA) – Douglas L. Fraker, MD, has been named to the newly-created position of Deputy Director, Clinical Services & Programs, at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. In his new role, Dr. Fraker serves as the senior advisor to the Center’s Director and Health System’s senior leadership on issues concerning clinical services and associated programmatic initiatives.

“In his new position, Dr. Fraker will bring his years of clinical and administrative experience to lead the ongoing development of the Cancer Center’s integrated program initiatives of excellence for respective organ sites,” commented Craig B. Thompson, MD, Director of the Abramson Cancer Center. “He’s just the right person to further enhance our mission of delivering a wide array of cancer services in an integrated program based approach.” In addition, Dr. Fraker will provide leadership on strengthening integrated clinical program initiatives as they relate to the development of robust clinical research and quality initiatives, to include tumor registry and quality assurance initiatives on cancer.

Dr. Fraker received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and came to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1995 as the Jonathan E. Rhoads Associate Professor of Surgery.  Prior to joining the Department of Surgery and The Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Fraker was a Senior Investigator and Head of Endocrine Surgery at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. He is currently Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs and Chief, Division of Endocrine & Oncologic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Fraker’s research efforts have focused on regional perfusion to treat melanoma and soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities and metastatic tumors of the liver. His clinical practice in surgery includes melanoma, sarcoma, liver tumors, and endocrine surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands and pancreas.

He will assume his new role effective December 1, 2007.

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The Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania is a national leader in cancer research, patient care, and education. The pre-eminent position of the Cancer Center is reflected in its continuous designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute for 30 years, one of 39 such Centers in the United States. The ACC is dedicated to innovative and compassionate cancer care. The clinical program, comprised of a dedicated staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists and patient support specialists, currently sees over 50,000 outpatient visits, 3400 inpatient admissions, and provides over 25,000 chemotherapy treatments, and more than 65,000 radiation treatments annually. Not only is the ACC dedicated to providing state-of-the-art cancer care, the latest forms of cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are available to our patients through clinical themes that developed in the relentless pursuit to eliminate the pain and suffering from cancer. In addition, the ACC is home to the 300 research scientists who work relentlessly to determine the pathogenesis of cancer. Together, the faculty is committed to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.


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