The Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Clinical Research and medical oncologist, a specialist in treating gynecologic cancers, leads a clinical research program seeking to improve treatments for ovarian cancer by harnessing the power of the immune system.
“Growing up, I worked in my family’s business—an automotive repair shop in Greenville, Mississippi—and realized I enjoyed diagnosing problems and was curious about how things worked. That inquisitiveness stuck with me over the years. When I began college at the University of Mississippi in 1981, I majored in biology with an eye toward teaching and conducting research. But I realized the missing piece was an interaction with people, and becoming a doctor began to hold great appeal.”