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Farias-Eisner Named Heider Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at Creighton

Robin Farias-Eisner, MD, PhD, who joined the Creighton University School of Medicine in July as director of the Hereditary Cancer Center and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been named the new holder of the Charles F. and Mary C. Heider Endowed Chair in Cancer Research.

Robin Farias-Eisner“Dr. Farias-Eisner is an internationally recognized cancer researcher, with a particular interest in women’s cancer research,” said Robert “Bo” Dunlay, MD’81, dean of the Creighton University School of Medicine. “I am excited to announce his appointment as the Charles F. and Mary C. Heider Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, and look forward to new discoveries in cancer treatment and prevention.”

Before joining Creighton, Farias-Eisner was the chief of gynecologic oncology and vice chair of administration in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCLA, where he started his own laboratory specializing in women’s cancer research.

Farias-Eisner has discovered new genetic markers for ovarian cancer that are extremely accurate in distinguishing between benign and malignant ovarian cysts. Other research has focused on developing new pharmaceutical agents for the treatment of ovarian cancer and other diseases.

“I am humbled and tremendously honored to be named the Charles F. and Mary C. Heider Endowed Chair in Cancer Research,” said Farias-Eisner. “This appointment will allow me to continue to rigorously pursue my scientific interests and further the tradition of excellence in cancer research here at Creighton.”

The late Henry Lynch, MD, a world-renowned pioneer in hereditary cancer detection and prevention who died in June, founded Creighton’s Hereditary Cancer Center and was the inaugural holder of the Charles F. and Mary C. Heider Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. The Heider Endowed Chair in Cancer Research was established in 2004, through a $2 million gift from alumnus and benefactor Charles “Charlie” Heider, BSC’49, HON’10, and his wife, Mary.

“Like most people, our family has had to deal with this disease,” the late Charles Heider said at the 2004 ceremony inaugurating the chair. “We believe that if cancer in its many complexities is ever to be conquered, it will be by dedicated researchers who, as the Jesuits demand, ‘ask the right questions.’”

“The foresight of the Heiders in establishing this endowed chair in cancer research continues to be impactful. Through the work of world-class researchers, such as Dr. Lynch and now Dr. Farias-Eisner, we continue to make significant advances in the fight against cancer,” said Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD. “I am encouraged that with this recent appointment of Dr. Farias-Eisner, Creighton will remain at the forefront as a recognized leader in cancer research.”

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