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Wayne Named Interim Associate Director for Clinical Affairs at the Lurie Cancer Center

Jeffrey Wayne

Jeffrey D. Wayne, MD, has been appointed Interim Associate Director for Clinical Affairs at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Interim Medical Director for Northwestern Medical Group (NMG) oncology, effective February 1.  Wayne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and Dermatology, and Chief of Melanoma and Soft Tissue Surgical Oncology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

The Associate Director for Clinical Affairs is appointed by and reports to the Director. In this role, Dr. Wayne will be responsible for ensuring that the Clinical Cancer Center facilities and programs are fully integrated with, and support the mission of the Lurie Cancer Center. He will also serve as Interim Medical Director for NMG oncology and drive efforts for the integration of oncology programs across the system. The Associate Director serves on the Executive Committee and Leadership Group, playing a critical role in establishing the strategic direction, policy and priorities of the Lurie Cancer Center.

“As Interim Associate Director for Clinical Affairs at the Lurie Cancer Center, Jeff will play a key role in our efforts to align the oncology programs across Northwestern Medicine, working together with NMG leadership” said Lurie Cancer Center Director, Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD.  “I would like to thank Jonathan Licht for his service as Interim Medical Director for NMG oncology since last year and his contributions during that time. I look forward to working with him in his capacity as chief of Hematology-Oncology to advance the Lurie Cancer Center’s mission.” 

Dr. Wayne is Chair of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Committee on Cancer, where he is also Vice Chief of the medical staff. He sits on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, and is a member of several professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Association for Academic Surgery, the Association for Surgical Education, and the American Cancer Society. He is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Sarcoma Panel, and has served on the NCCN Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Task Force.

A five-time recipient of the Department of Surgery’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Wayne’s many awards and honors include the American Society of Clinical Oncology Merit Award (twice awarded) and the Compassionate Care Award from the Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Wayne's research is primarily focused on the multimodality treatment of melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma, and he has been a Principal Investigator on several surgical trials in these areas. He also has an interest in surgical outcomes, and has published numerous scientific reports on promoting quality cancer care. 


(Last updated on January 28, 2015 )