Friday, March 5, 2021

Wineman Visiting Professor Lecture

12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Virtual lecture only (link will be posted closer to the lecture date).

Paul Harari, MD, Professor and Chair of the University of Wisconsin Department of Human Oncology

Paul Harari
Paul Harari, MD

Save the date for the Wineman Visiting Professor Lecture: Friday, March 5th from 12:00-1:00PM. This lecture is supported by the John H. Wineman Education and Research Fund. Dr. Paul Harari is our Wineman Visiting Professor for 2021. The lecture will be held virtually this year, and we will send out more information (including the talk title and virtual link) closer to the date.

Paul Harari, MD

Chair, Department of Human Oncology

As Professor and Chairman of the University of Wisconsin Department of Human Oncology, Principal Investigator for the Wisconsin H&N SPORE Grant and member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center Senior Leadership Council, I facilitate the interaction of investigators involved in basic, translational and clinical cancer research activities. I am deeply committed to the leadership of multidisciplinary clinical, teaching and research teams.

The overall theme of my research program is to improve treatment outcome for patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). Areas of particular research emphasis include the interaction of molecular growth inhibitors combined with radiation and the use of conformal radiation treatment techniques to limit normal tissue toxicity. I serve as Principal Investigator for the UW Head and Neck Cancer SPORE Grant, a $15 million dollar effort to improve outcomes in HNC. We are one of only two centers in the nation currently with a NIH HN SPORE Grant. I have been an active RTOG/NRG HNC Committee member for 25 years and serve as PI or Co-PI for a series of national and international HNC clinical trials that have changed global practice for patients with HNC.

During the last four years, I have served on the Presidential Track of ASTRO with a major focus to illuminate the tremendous power and precision of radiation to heal, to cure, to image, to improve human health and quality of life. We convey this message most effectively through storytelling, the passionate stories of patients and families whose lives have been saved or extended by the expert application of radiation. A unique and highly appealing aspect of radiation oncology is the opportunity for close collaboration between technology, biology and clinical medicine. Never before have the prospects for impactful advances in our field been so bright, and many of these advances involve multi-investigator teams, working together to achieve new milestones.