The director of the University of Michigan's Cancer Center is stepping down.
Dr. Max Wicha has served as the center's director for 27 years. He says it's time for him to pass the torch to a new leader, but adds he will remain at the center to continue his stem cell research.
Wicha says he will stay on as the center's director until a replacement can be hired. The university expects to fill the position by mid-2014.
From MCancer.org, Wicha is noted as:
As founding director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Max S. Wicha, M.D., is responsible for coordinating all cancer activities related to research and patient care.
Dr. Wicha, distinguished professor of oncology and professor of internal medicine, is nationally known for his research in the field of breast oncology, particularly the study of how breast cancer cells grow and metastasize, or spread. His lab was part of the team that first discovered stem cells in breast cancer, the first described in any human solid tumor.