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First Woman Tapped by White House to Head Cancer Institute (1)

Aug. 10, 2022, 4:03 PMUpdated: Aug. 10, 2022, 5:10 PM

A woman will lead the National Cancer Institute for the first time in the agency’s 85-year history, under an announcement made official by the White House on Wednesday.

President Biden announced his intention to appoint Monica M. Bertagnolli, a respected cancer surgeon with posts at Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as the 16th director of the NCI. The White House announcement comes several weeks after her name came up as the president’s pick as he seeks to cut the disease’s death rate in half over the next 25 years through the reignited Cancer ...