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October 2007 Issue

Michael Edwards, MD.
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Surgical Oncologist Named New Department of Surgery Chair

By Amanda Harper
Published October 2007

Michael Edwards, MD, has been named the chair of surgery, effective Jan. 1, 2008, pending approval by the UC Board of Trustees.

Edwards is currently the chair and professor of the surgery department at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

A surgical oncologist, his practice focuses on breast cancer and surgery, liver tumors and melanoma. Edwards is also chair of UAMS medical staff and holds positions on a number of institutional leadership boards charged with improving surgical oncology services and recruiting residents.

A prominent cancer surgeon and experienced leader, Edwards founded and currently chairs a national registry for image-guided breast biopsy. He also has served as principal investigator of several national multi-center clinical trials.

With UC’s recently signed  memorandum of understanding with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University Hospital to form a joint cancer center in Cincinnati in place, College of Medicine dean David Stern, MD,  says Edwards will add to the future team.

“Our partnership will provide the scientific and intellectual resources to enable us to increase our internationally significant cancer research,” says Stern. “Dr. Edwards will be a valuable addition to this integrated cancer team, and I expect him to play a key role in moving the joint cancer center forward.”

Edwards received his medical degree from Emory University before completing his general surgery residency at the University of Louisville and a management program at Harvard Business School. He then completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

After his training, Edwards returned to the University of Louisville, where he served on the surgery faculty for eight years with affiliated research positions in the department of physiology and biophysics and the Center for Excellence in Applied Microcirculatory Research.

He has been in his current position at UAMS since 2002.

Edwards will succeed the surgery department’s interim chair, Michael Nussbaum, MD, who has served in this capacity since August 2006.

A College of Medicine faculty member for 26 years, Nussbaum is described by Stern as “a proven leader—both at the College of Medicine and in his field.”

“Dr. Nussbaum’s tireless efforts have guided us through a number of important junctures,” he says. “It is our hope that he will continue to be a member of our leadership team in the College of Medicine for years to come.”

Nussbaum will continue to serve as professor and vice chair of clinical affairs for surgery and chief of staff at University Hospital.

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