Steven D. LEACH

Steven D. Leach is Professor of Molecular and Systems Biology, the Preston T. and Virginia R. Kelsey Distinguished Chair in Cancer, and the new Director of Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center.


Prior to this, he directed Memorial Sloan Kettering's Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and also served as Professor of Surgery, Oncology and Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Leach received his bachelor’s degree with high honors in Biology from Princeton University. He then completed medical school at Emory University, where he was a Robert Woodruff Fellow, followed by additional clinical and scientific training at Yale and M.D. Anderson.

His first faculty position was at Vanderbilt University, where he was a busy cancer surgeon specializing in the care of pancreatic cancer patients. In 2000, he moved to Johns Hopkins University, where he was Professor of Surgery, Oncology and Cell Biology, the Paul K. Neumann Professor in Pancreatic Cancer, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Surgery.

He moved to Memorial Sloan Kettering in 2014. After several decades as a busy pancreatic cancer surgeon, Dr. Leach shifted his efforts towards directing a large research team focused on the biology, genetics and treatment of pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Leach’s lab has a long track record of groundbreaking discoveries, including the identification of several genes and pathways that are now being targeted in clinical trials for pancreatic cancer patients. He has been the principal investigator for multiple NIH R01, P01, U01 and T32 grants, and has received multiple awards honoring his work. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Leach has also served as Chair of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's Scientific and Medical Advisory Board, as co-Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Genetics and Development, and as a member of the Princeton University Board of Trustees.

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