Dr. Nancy E. Davidson, a breast-cancer research expert at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, has been named executive director of the Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium.

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Dr. Nancy E. Davidson, a breast-cancer research expert at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, has been named executive director of the Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium and head of the UW’s Division of Medical Oncology. Her position begins Dec. 1.

As head of the cancer consortium, one of 47 comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. designated by the National Institutes of Health, Davidson will coordinate cancer treatment, clinical research and translational research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s.

“I have the good fortune to join the team at one of the top public universities and cancer centers in the world,” Davidson said in a statement Monday. “The chance to be part of the team at SCCA/Fred Hutch/UW, whose collective mission is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for patients with cancer, was very attractive.”

Davidson is a renowned physician-scientist specializing in cancer biology and treatment, with a focus on breast cancer.

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Her work has focused on integrating scientific investigation of the biology of breast cancer with new therapies to fight the disease.

Davidson, who has been at the University of Pittsburgh since 2009, is past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and current president of the American Association for Cancer Research. She also serves on the scientific advisory boards for many foundations and cancer centers.

She takes over the consortium role now held by Dr. Fred Appelbaum at Fred Hutch and replaces the interim head of medical oncology, Dr. Marc Stewart, at UW Medicine.