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The Meso Foundation Board of Directors: H. Richard Alexander, MD, Chair

Meet H. Richard Alexander, MD, Chair

Mesothelioma Research Experts: H. Richard Alexander, MD, Chair

Richard Alexander, MD, is the Chief Surgical Officer at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. He received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed his residency in general surgery at the Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, and did a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He spent over 16 years at the National Institutes of Health, where he served as chief of the surgical metabolism section, chairman of the gastrointestinal malignancies section and deputy director of the NCI's Center for Cancer Research. Before moving to Rutgers in 2017, Dr. Alexander was on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as a Professor and Associate Chair of Clinical Research in the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Alexander is internationally recognized for his clinical and translational research contributions in the area of peritoneal mesothelioma. He has conducted clinical research trials designed to refine the use of surgical cytoreduction and HIPEC for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma and his laboratory has made significant advances in our understanding of the molecular features of the disease. The laboratory has previously identified the PI3K pathway as a potential target for therapeutic intervention in peritoneal mesothelioma and recently isolated and characterized cancer stem cells from human tumor samples. Dr. Alexander has written more than 250 journal articles and has lectured throughout the United States and the world.

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