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St. Jude names Ellis Neufeld, M.D., Ph.D., clinical director and physician-in-chief

Esteemed hematologist will lead clinical efforts and related expansions to patient care programs

Memphis, Tennessee, December 14, 2016

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Ellis J. Neufeld, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed clinical director, physician-in-chief and executive vice president of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Neufeld’s appointment will begin in March 2017. In this role, Neufeld will oversee the organization’s academic clinical departments and all clinical operations. The appointment comes as St. Jude launches a focused effort to increase the number of cancer patients treated at its campus and on protocols around the world.

Ellis Neufield, MD, PhD

Ellis J. Neufeld, M.D., Ph.D., newly appointed clinical director, physician-in-chief and executive vice president of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

An internationally respected leader in pediatric hematology, Neufeld comes to St. Jude from Boston, where he served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for the last 26 years. He was most recently associate chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Neufeld was also medical director at the Boston Hemophilia Center and held the Egan Family Foundation Chair in Transitional Medicine at Harvard Medical School as a professor of pediatrics.

“Dr. Neufeld’s leadership and experience will help steer St. Jude clinical operations as we expand our patient care programs, increase the number of patients treated and work to set the standard for pediatric cancer care delivery,” said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude president and chief executive officer.

Neufeld completed his undergraduate work at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, earning his doctoral degrees at Washington University in St. Louis. He then completed specialty training in pediatrics and medical genetics at Boston Children’s Hospital and in pediatric hematology/oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s.

He has worked as a physician-scientist in the laboratory and as a clinical researcher in non-malignant hematology with numerous publications in the areas of hemophilia, thalassemia and immune thrombocytopenia.

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