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William Wikoff Smith Chair in Cancer Research

Endowed Chairs at Fox Chase Cancer CenterOne of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s most generous and most consistent supporters, The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust established this chair in 1998 as a powerful demonstration of their confidence in Fox Chase’s stellar faculty and to advance the philanthropic vision of its founder William Wikoff Smith (1920-1976), a Philadelphia businessman.  This chair supports an outstanding leader in the field of cancer research who represents the highest standards of excellence in academic research.

Wafik El-Deiry, MD, PhD, FACPWafik S. El-Deiry, MD, PhD, FACP

Deputy Cancer Center Director, Translational Research Program
Co-Leader, Molecular Therapeutics Program
Professor, Department Hematology/Oncology 

Dr. El-Deiry’s lab focuses on translational drug discovery and development with one of their main goals being the development of personalized therapy for patients with colorectal cancer, including appropriate screening, personalized pharmacokinetically-guided chemotherapy dose adjustment, recommendations for therapy based on tumor genetic signatures, and the identification of novel therapeutic combinations based on live circulating tumor cell culture and drug testing.