Theodore DeWeese has been named vice dean for clinical affairs and president of the Clinical Practice Association, a group practice of full-time clinical faculty and clinical associates. DeWeese, an internationally recognized radiation oncologist, the Sidney Kimmel Professor and director of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, will succeed William Baumgartner, who is retiring as vice dean for clinical affairs after more than 35 years with Johns Hopkins.
DeWeese came to Johns Hopkins 27 years ago for a residency in radiation oncology, served as chief resident, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at what is now the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the Brady Urological Institute. He joined the School of Medicine faculty in 1995 and was promoted to professor eight years later. His first leadership appointment was as director of the radiation biology laboratory research program for the cancer center, from 2000 to 2003.
DeWeese became the founding director of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences in 2003 and will continue to hold the department director position until Jan. 15, 2019. Two years ago, he was tapped to serve as vice president for interdisciplinary patient care for Johns Hopkins Medicine.
With research interests that include prostate cancer, DNA damage repair, and the development of radio-sensitizing drugs and small molecules, DeWeese has published more than 170 papers and book chapters, and he has received numerous teaching awards and invitations to deliver named lectureships. He has been a member of several advisory boards and was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to serve as a scientific councilor for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan. He has served on and chaired many Johns Hopkins boards and committees, including Johns Hopkins Medicine's United Way campaign and the Johns Hopkins Hospital medical board. He is president-elect of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
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