Associate Director for Population Sciences

Associate Director for Population Sciences

Associate Director for Population Sciences

Posting Date: 10/02/2022

Closing Date: 11/07/2022

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Associate Director for Population Sciences LSU-LCMC Cancer Center

New Orleans, LA


In 2022, the President of Louisiana State University (LSU), William F. Tate IV, PhD, announced the university’s formalized partnership with its academic medical center, LCMC Health, to aggressively pursue NCI designation and serve as the Cancer Center for Louisiana, a state with one of the highest cancer rates and disparities in the country. President Tate’s announcement was the culmination of a multi-year assessment and development process that was jointly led by the Chancellor of LSU’s comprehensive health sciences campus in New Orleans (LSU-HSC-NO) and the president of LCMC Health. To transition from planning and development to active pursuit, LSU and LCMC Health recruited an experienced academic surgical oncologist, John H. Stewart, IV, MD, MBA to lead the accelerated process. Cancer Center efforts are being funded through a combination of LSU and LCMC resources.


As Center Director, Dr. Stewart is now forming his senior leadership team through internal and external recruitment and is developing other foundational elements, while actively engaging members and leaders across LSU, LCMC, and the state. The Cancer Center now seeks a committed and innovative leader with expertise in cancer-related population sciences research to serve as the Associate Director for Population Sciences. This transformative role will be formally housed at the Health Sciences campus in New Orleans.  Reflecting its commitment, LCMC Health has already committed $125 million over five years for cancer research; additional funding will come from LSU, philanthropy, and private sources. This groundbreaking partnership solidifies the unified organization and plans for success. This includes support of cutting-edge research most relevant to the state’s residents, education and outreach, clinical trials through an integrated state network, and innovative opportunities for diverse students to build careers in cancer.


With its academic medical center partner, LCMC Health, LSU has committed to becoming the designated NCI-designated Cancer Center for Louisiana, a state with one of the worst cancer burdens in the country.  As stated by President Tate, the state’s flagship university has an inherent commitment and responsibility to elevate our state,” and to ‘transform the lives of our fellow Louisianans.” Unprecedented institutional commitments and investments will advance basic science and discoveries in cancer, while providing greater opportunities for progressive treatments and promoting efforts in cancer prevention.


The AD will be charged with developing a comprehensive vision for population-based research in cancer that builds on the Cancer Center’s existing strengths and further develops its ability to serve the diverse communities across the state. To achieve this vision, the AD will intentionally nurture existing relationships across the university as well as those with external communities/partners, to strategically facilitate cross-disciplinary research, including reverse translation, that advances the mission of the Cancer Center. Partnering with senior leadership of the Cancer Center, colleagues, and community stakeholders, the AD will recruit and develop exceptional team of diverse population scientists who are together focused impacting the cancer burden, underserved and under-researched communities, through novel research, dissemination, educational opportunities, and policy change.


The AD will position the Center, within the state, nationally, and globally, as a leading research institute for improving population health and reducing disparities through cutting-edge collaborative research and discovery. The successful candidate will possess impressive academic credentials and will qualify for a faculty appointment at the rank of associate or full professor; s/he will have a proven track record of federally funded cancer research, academic recognition, mentorship, and team science. The AD must be an exceptional leader who is ready to build a powerful research program and galvanize a growing team of investigators whom the AD will recruit, retain, and develop. The selected candidate will be a magnet for attracting top talent, be adept at collaboration, and possess exceptional leadership and communication skills.


The AD will shape the cancer prevention and control research agenda, while fostering NIH and other relevant peer-reviewed -research based on diverse cancer-related issues that persist across the state. The new AD comes in at a vital time to build a program of lasting impact and has the unique opportunity to significantly contribute to increasing the health of the state and to establishing scalable initiatives that may serve as a model for driving innovative research and fostering implementation and policy change.


LSU-LCMC Cancer Center has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important search. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, should be sent to:


Dan Rodas, Partner

Ivy Couch, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

LSU Health Sciences Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer for females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.

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