Moffitt Cancer Center recruits new CEO

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Moffitt Cancer Center recruits new CEO

20 Aug, 2020

Moffitt Cancer Center recruits new President & CEO, Dr. Patrick HwuDr. Patrick Hwu - recruited as President & CEO for Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa, Fla.-based Moffitt Cancer Center has named Patrick Hwu, MD, president and CEO, effective Nov. 10, Moffitt announced Aug. 20.

Dr. Hwu is a world-renowned tumor immunologist with more than three decades of oncology experience. He currently serves as the division head of cancer medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

“Dr. Hwu is truly a cancer visionary ready to elevate Moffitt to even greater success,” Tim Adams, chair of Moffitt’s Institute Board of Directors, said in a news release. “Drawing from his innovative cancer research, quality patient care and extensive leadership experience, Dr. Hwu will no doubt continue to help Moffitt in our pursuit of dynamic growth and groundbreaking work.”

Before assuming his current role, Dr. Hwu was chair of the department of sarcoma medical oncology at MD Anderson and co-director of MD Anderson’s Center for Cancer Immunology Research. During his 17-year tenure at MD Anderson, he also was the first chair of the department of melanoma medical oncology.

Dr. Hwu earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed an oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is the No. 11 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 7,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.4 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Dr. Patrick Hwu
Dr. Patrick Hwu is the chair of the Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology in the Division of Cancer Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Hwu is a renowned tumor immunologist who has made important contributions in our understanding of how the immune system interacts with tumors and their environments. He has also specialized in the development of vaccine and adoptive T cell immunotherapies. Dr. Hwu has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is the recipient the George and Barbara Bush Endowment for Innovative Cancer Research, among others. Dr. Hwu has been a member of CRI’s Scientific Advisory Council since 2013.



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