Cancer center honors past leaders

September 20, 2006

The School of Medicine and Public Health will celebrate its role in cancer research and treatment by renaming two centers in honor of two revered leaders.

The UW Comprehensive Cancer Center will be the UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the cancer center’s central research tower will be the Harold Rusch Translational Research Tower.

Both men were prominent leaders in the field. Rusch, who earned his M.D. from UW–Madison in 1933, was a scientist who began planning for the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research in the 1930s. He was the first director of the McArdle Lab and later founded the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Rusch was succeeded by Carbone, a well-known cancer pioneer who guided the center for more than two decades and who was responsible for key innovations in research and patient care.

The center will be renamed in events on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

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