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DR. JOSEPH V. SIMONE APPOINTED PHYSICIAN-IN-CHIEF OF MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

DR. JOSEPH V. SIMONE APPOINTED PHYSICIAN-IN-CHIEF OF MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
 NEW YORK, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Joseph V. Simone, one of the nation's foremost pediatric oncologists and director of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., has been named physician-in-chief of Memorial Hospital. Dr. Paul A. Marks, president and chief executive officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, announced the appointment, which will be effective on July 1, 1992.
 In his announcement Marks stated: "We are very fortunate to recruit Dr. Simone, who has an outstanding record of leadership at St. Jude and who is such an accomplished clinical investigator. This is a time of enormous optimism at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as new insights into the biological bases of cancer are enabling us to devise effective approaches for early diagnosis, treatment and even prevention of the disease. Dr. Simone brings a wealth of valuable experience to this key position, and as we move into the new era in cancer care, we welcome his stewardship of Memorial Hospital."
 Chairman of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering boards of overseers and managers James D. Robinson III said: "Dr. Simone is known for his great compassion, keen clinical acumen and proven leadership ability. We are so pleased he is bringing his enormous expertise in patient care to the role of physician-in-chief of Memorial Hospital."
 In accepting the appointment, Simone said, "I have been a great admirer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering for a long time. They have made huge strides over the past decade, but with the great resources of professional talent in place, it is very clear that there are no limits to future accomplishments. I am most gratified to join their effort and their single focus on the control and cure of cancer."
 Simone has spent virtually his entire medical career at St. Jude, joining the staff in 1967 when the hospital was only five years old. In his early years there, he played a major role in the development of curative treatments for childhood leukemia and, later, in refining those treatments to make them more effective, easier for children to tolerate, and safer over the long term. In 1969, he was named chief of hematology at the hospital and charged with development of its leukemia program. In 1973, he was appointed chief of hematology-oncology. Ten years later, Simone was named director of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and turned his efforts to the administration and growth of the institution.
 Simone received his medical degree from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, and completed his residency at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital there. He was a fellow in pediatric hematology at the University of Illinois Research and Educational Hospitals, also in Chicago.
 Simone has received many honors and awards, including the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American Association for Cancer Research. A leader in the national effort to improve therapy for children with cancer, he is a past chairman of the Cancer Center Review Committee of the National Cancer Institute and is president-elect of the Association of American Cancer Institutes.
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