CHICAGO—Dr. Howard L. Kaufman joined Rush University Medical Center in the newly created role of Rush Cancer Program director and associate dean, effective Oct. 1, 2009. As cancer program director, Kaufman is responsible for the strategic planning process and execution, and leads the development and refinement of cancer programs at Rush.
The Rush Cancer Program is comprised of all the cancer-related clinical, research, and educational efforts at Rush, crossing 20 departments, divisions and sections, inpatient and outpatient areas, professional clinical activities across disciplines and colleges of Rush University, and Rush University Medical Center.
“Kaufman has a wealth of experience in the management of a large cancer enterprise, and brings a vision for the Rush Cancer Program that will inspire us towards the overall vision of Rush University Medical Center,” said Dr. Thomas A. Deutsch, dean, Rush Medical College, provost of Rush University and senior vice president of Medical Affairs.
Kaufman comes to Rush from Columbia University in New York City where he was chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and director of the Columbia Melanoma Center. He previously served a term as associate director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia, and chaired the oncology service line at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Kaufman completed fellowships in Tumor Immunology and Surgical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute.
Kaufman received his BS from the University of Illinois and his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago's Stritch School of Medicine. His current primary research interest is in melanoma tumor vaccines and cancer immunotherapy. Kaufman has extensive experience on editorial boards, and has sat on nearly two dozen review and study sections. He has published over 150 manuscripts, books and chapters. As one of the leading researchers in melanoma, Kaufman authored, “The Melanoma Book,” published in 2005 by Gotham books, as a guide for patients and families with information ranging from screening and prevention of melanoma to treatment of advanced disease.
Kaufman and his family reside in Chicago. He was raised in Glenview, IL.
Rush University Medical Center includes the 674-bed (staffed) hospital; the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center; and Rush University (Rush Medical College, College of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College).