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Pasche Named Cancer Center Director
photoFollowing an extensive national search, Boris Pasche, MD, PhD, FACP, began work March 1 as director of the newly expanded Comprehensive Cancer Center and chair of the Department of Cancer Biology at Wake Forest Baptist.

Pasche, a native of Switzerland, is also the principal investigator of the Cancer Center’s National Cancer Institute core grant, continuing its strong tradition of research excellence while expanding basic, clinical and translational research in collaboration with departmental and center leadership.

He previously served as director of the division of hematology/oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His internationally recognized research has included identifying the first mutation of a gene that controls cell growth and discovering that some individuals carry an altered form of the gene, which increases their risk of developing several forms of cancer. He has also identified one of the first genetic links between obesity and breast and colon cancer.

Pasche holds medical degrees from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, where he also received his PhD. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School; his residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center; and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College.

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