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Fox Chase Cancer Center Names J. Robert Beck Deputy Director of Population Science Division

PHILADELPHIA (January 23, 2006) - Fox Chase Cancer Center has announced the appointment of J. Robert "Bob" Beck, MD, of Riverton, N.J., as deputy director of the population science division at Fox Chase Cancer Center. As deputy director, Beck serves as an academic advisor for faculty and assists with the administrative activities of the division. He will continue to pursue his research interests focusing on biomedical informatics, a critical component of the population science program. He also will continue to serve the Center as a vice president and Chief Information Officer.

"Bob is a tremendous resource for our faculty because of his proven commitment to academic medicine and translational research," said Mary B. Daly, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president of the population science division. "He has been instrumental at integrating and expanding our information technology systems at Fox Chase and has demonstrated extraordinary leadership through the implementation of programs such as a robust bioinformatics program and a regional and national collaboration in bioinformatics. He has harnessed technology to bridge several disciplines and create a regional and national presence."

Prior to his new role, Beck directed the evaluative sciences program in the division.

"I am very excited to be working with Mary Daly in support of her leadership in the population science division," said Beck. "I look forward to developing interdisciplinary research in the division, and to mentoring our promising young faculty members."

Beck holds grants from the National Library of Medicine as well as grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the National Cancer Institute Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG).

Prior to joining Fox Chase, Beck was vice president for information, research and planning at Baylor College of Medicine in Baylor, Tex. He was also a professor of pathology and professor of family and community medicine there.

Beck earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1974 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1978 and served his residency in pathology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. With a focus on clinical decision-making, he completed a clinical fellowship in medicine at the New England Medical Center in 1982.

Beck was a member of the Dartmouth Medical School faculty and staff pathologist at Mary Hitchcock in Hanover, N.H., from 1982 until 1989. In 1989, he joined Oregon Health Sciences University as professor of pathology and medicine and was a staff clinical pathologist at University Hospital in Portland, Ore. He also directed the university's biomedical information communication center and was a professor of preventive medicine and public health.

Beck serves on the editorial boards of Disease Management and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, and is a past editor-in-chief of Medical Decision Making. He served as the interim executive director for the Houston Academy of Medicine - Texas Medical Center Library from 1999-2001 and was a member of its board of directors from 1992. Beck is also on the board of directors for IDM Pharma, a publicly traded cancer therapeutics company.

Beck is a member of many professional and scientific societies, including the American Medical Informatics Association, Society for Medical Decision Making, College of American Pathologists, College of Healthcare Information Managemetn Executives, and the American College of Medical Informatics.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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