Roswell Park Succeeds in Recruiting Top Scientists

Buffalo, NY – Roswell Park Cancer Institute says its effort to recruit clinical and scientific talent for its research center was a big success.

Dr. David Hohn, president and CEO of Roswell Park, introduced more than 40 new physicians, scientists and senior staffers recently hired. Hohn says they've come from other countries, Japan and United Kingdom, as well as from California, Texas, Boston and Maine.

"With funding, an excellent facility and a talented staff, this kind of recruitment can be done in Buffalo," Hohn said.

Among those recruited for leadership roles were Dr. Donald Trump, named senior vice president of Clinical Research, and Dr. Candace Johnson, senior vice president for Translational Research. Both were recruited from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

"There's an opportunity at Roswell to build translational research efforts," she said. "Many at this institution had a vision for this."

Dr. Trump says he is certain biotechnology will become the strong, economic future of Buffalo.

"I don't think there's any question that the research environment at Roswell Park will lead to economic, intellectual and academic advancement in this region," he said.

Patrick Lee, chairman of Roswell's board of directors, says the Roswell Park name resulted in the successful recruiting efforts.

"We have this very special institution here, and it's critical that we continue the good work that we're doing," he said.

Roswell says it will continue recruiting, and as a bioinformatics center becomes a reality, there will be an even greater need to bring top researchers to the region.