H.O. West and J.R. Wike Chair in Cancer Research

Created in 2005 and named for Herman O. West and Jesse R. Wike, University of Pennsylvania classmates who founded West Pharmaceuticals in the 1920s, this chair recognizes and supports and outstanding leader in cancer science and medicine who represents the highest standards of excellence.

J. Robert Beck, MD 

Senior Vice President
Deputy Director
Chief Academic Officer
Chief Administrative Officer 
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. J. Robert Beck supervises the Office of Academic Programs, the Office of Corporate Partnerships, and the Institutional Review Board, as well as a number of core research facilities and information technology. He also chairs the Center's long-term strategic space planning.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Beck works with physicians and nurses to improve the delivery of clinical care in both the inpatient and outpatient departments, working closely with clinical department chairs, nursing, and senior administrative leaders to improve processes, quality, and safety in all patient-related areas.

Dr. Beck also helps foster academic collaboration with a wide variety of national and international universities, research institutions and oncologists. In addition, he has launched initiatives for more structured faculty development, mentoring, and educational activities.

Bob is a true visionary, able to identify and successfully implement novel ideas in medicine, information technology and educational outreach. His service at Fox Chase as Chief Medical Officer, Chief Academic Officer, and Chief Information Officer underscore the scope and depth of his expertise; in all of these responsibilities, he has nimbly combined an incisive logic, open-minded perspective, and a willingness to tackle complex institutional challenges. He is a vocal and tireless champion for young scientists, spearheading efforts to mentor junior faculty and diversify the pool of scientists and students that work at Fox Chase. Finally, that he accomplishes all of these things, while remaining a mentor, advocate, and friend to so many of us, makes him a truly invaluable ally in achieving the mission of the Center. "

Glenn F. Rall, PhD
Deputy Chief Academic Officer
Leader, Inflammation Working Group
Co-Leader, Immune Cell Development and Host Defense

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