Earlier this month, Dr. Raymond Hohl, the Holden Family Chair and Associate Director for Clinical and Translational Research at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, announced that, starting March 1, 2014, he will be moving to Penn State to become the Director of the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. Ray has been at the University of Iowa since 1991, and has served multiple roles in the Cancer Center, Department of Internal Medicine, and many other units on campus. The breadth of his clinical and research knowledge and interests made Ray a valued leader and collaborator in many of the activities at Holden. As a physician, his dedication to his patients was unquestionable.
It is difficult to say goodbye to an esteemed colleague. At the same time, we are excited for Ray as he pursues this new opportunity. This is not the first time we have had a senior leader from Holden depart to assume responsibility as a Big Ten Cancer Center Director. Dr. Timothy Ratliff, formerly Deputy Director for Cancer Research at Holden, left Iowa to became the Cancer Center Director at Purdue in 2007.
We wish Ray success in his new position and look forward to continuing to work with Ray and Tim through collaborative efforts such as the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium. While the departure of valued colleagues is difficult, it is gratifying to see them advance and contribute in new ways to our joint efforts to reduce the burden of cancer. We can also take more than a bit of pride in seeing the “Iowa way” spread across the Big Ten.