New Director Named at Cancer Institute

(June 5, 2007) - Jeff Boyd, Ph.D., has been named the new director of the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI)* at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. He replaces the retiring William Hoskins, M.D. Boyd will retain his current title of vice president, research, and will continue to direct the development and operation of the laboratory and clinical research programs at Memorial Health. Boyd came to Savannah in 2006 from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where he was a tenured member of the center and attending biologist in the departments of surgery and medicine. He also served as director of the gynecology and breast research laboratory (department of surgery) and director of the diagnostic molecular genetics laboratory (department of medicine). An internationally known and respected scientist in molecular cancer research, Boyd is one of the world's top scientists in the study of the alterations in genes that influence the development of uterine, ovarian, and breast cancers. He pioneered the analysis of flaws in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are involved in hereditary ovarian and breast cancers. He is a member of numerous professional committees and has delivered more than 120 lectures at major academic medical centers throughout the world. Boyd has published more than 150 articles and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for 32 scientific journals. Boyd holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. in toxicology and biochemistry from North Carolina State University. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in environmental pathology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and molecular carcinogenesis at the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Memorial Health is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship, Memorial Health University Medical Center, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; CareOne, its two-state home care division; Memorial Health primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial Health has been named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates three years in a row. We are also one of Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For. *The Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health University Medical Center is not affiliated with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.