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Dr. Blanchette honored at Cancer Center, is returning to JABSOM
Dr. Patricia Blanchette is transitioning out of her current position at the UH Cancer Center to return to the John A. Burns School of Medicine, this time as Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In that role she will focus on the coordination of an outstanding team of people who are working on preparing for the School’s reaccreditation. Dr. Blanchette also will return to (formerly UCERA) University Health Partners as Chief Medical Officer.
During her time assisting the Cancer Center, Dr. Blanchette took a number of steps to reduce Cancer Center expenditures by more than $3M a year. She relocated all Center activities into the Center buildings, releasing expensive leased space; pared administrative staff positions by leaving vacancies unfilled and worked with the medical school to shore up service contracts and eliminating unnecessary expenses and duplication. This was accomplished without harming the Center’s productivity.
Joe W. Ramos, PhD, Professor and Program Director at the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center, takes over as Interim Associate Director, after receiving approval to do so from the UH Board of Regents.
“I leave the Center even more convinced about its importance and potential. Dr. Ramos is a respected world expert on cancer signal transduction and metastasis who has considerable experience with NCI designation from his five years as the Cancer Biology Program Director,” said Dr. Blanchette, who was saluted by Cancer Center employees at an event in the Sullivan Center. “An excellent transition plan has been presented for the new Interim Associate Director. I am assured that the Center will be in very good hands,” said Blanchette.
Dr. Ramos has been on the faculty of the UH Cancer Center for more than 12 years. He served as Program Director of the Cancer Biology Program from 2011 and took part in the 2012 renewal of the UH Cancer Center’s NCI designation. In the last year he has served as one of the Chief Academic Leads at the Cancer Center responsible for helping the faculty work with the NCI External Advisory Committee towards the upcoming renewal of the NCI designation in 2017. In addition, he has served the University of Hawai‘i as chair and member of many faculty committees, as a Faculty Senate representative where he served as Chair of the Committee on Student Affairs and as a UHPA representative.