Executive Committee - Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhDThe position of Deputy Director reports to the Director and is responsible for oversight of the Lurie Cancer Center's shared resources facilities, evaluation of the need for and development of new shared facilities, research space planning and allocation, and leadership for faculty recruitment. In addition, the Deputy Director serves on the Lurie Cancer Center's Executive Committee and Leadership Group, and represents the Lurie Cancer Center on the Research Council of the Feinberg School of Medicine. The Deputy Director, who holds a primary appointment in the Lurie Cancer Center, is integrally involved in all aspects of Center operations and functions as the senior leader in the Director's absence.
Prior to joining Northwestern, Leonidas C. Platanias MD, PhD, was the Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In November 2002, Dr. Platanias was named the Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology, honoring the children of Northwestern University Trustee Ann Lurie and her late husband, Robert. In addition to his duties as Deputy Director he continues his molecular biology and biochemistry research focused on signaling pathways in cancer cells and efforts to develop novel treatments for malignancies by targeting such pathways. Dr. Platanias is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Leukemia and Lymphoma, and Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research where he serves as an Associate Editor. Dr. Platanias has served as a member or chair in several review committees at NIH, the DOD, and the VA. He recently completed a term as a member of the Cancer Molecular Pathobiology (CAMP) study section, and he is now one of the founding members of the Molecular Oncogenesis (MONC) study section at NIH. Dr. Platanias is also an active member of the Hematologic Malignancies and HAST Programs.
Dr. Platanias has provided the leadership for numerous new faculty recruitments and has chaired or co-chaired supra-departmental search committees as part of this process. In this role, he directs the Lurie Cancer Center's funds supporting faculty recruitment. Dr. Platanias is also responsible for directing the space planning and allocation for the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, as well as for the McGaw Pavilion in Evanston where the Lurie Cancer Center also has research space. Dr. Platanias has oversight of the Lurie Cancer Center's shared resource facilities and, in addition to regular individual meetings with facility directors, runs a quarterly meeting for facility directors from both campuses.