publication date: Dec 3, 2013
LARRY KUN was named clinical director and executive vice president of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
He will oversee clinical operations, clinical effectiveness practices and patient care quality programs for the hospital. Kun has served as chair of the St. Jude Department of Radiological Sciences and will remain in that position.
Kun joined St. Jude in 1984 to establish a department to treat cancer with radiation therapy and to initiate the multidisciplinary brain tumor program.
Under his leadership, the department grew into the largest pediatric brain tumor research program in the country. Kun succeeds Joseph Laver, who has accepted a position at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.
Until recently, Kun was chair of the NCI Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and has held leadership positions in the Pediatric Oncology Group, the Children’s Oncology Group, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the Society for Neuro-Oncology, and the American Board of Radiology. He is a founding member of the Alliance for Childhood Cancer.
Kun was awarded the Gold Medal from ASTRO, the Pediatric Oncology Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Janeway Medal from the American Radium Society, and the Pioneer Award from the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.
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