Marshall E. Hicks named interim president of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven announced today the appointment of Marshall E. Hicks, M.D., as interim president of UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.  The appointment will become effective March 21, 2017, following Dr. Ronald A. DePinho’s retirement as president on March 20, 2017. 

Hicks, 59, has served as Division Head of Diagnostic Imaging at MD Anderson since 2010. He is one of the institution’s senior and most experienced division heads and has played a leading role in the development of the institution’s Shared Governance Committee.

“Dr. Hicks is a widely respected leader within the MD Anderson family, with nearly 20 years of service on the faculty,” Chancellor McRaven said. “When we discussed potential candidates for the interim presidency, Dr. Hicks’ name came up time and time again. His colleagues throughout the institution have great trust and confidence in him.”

The author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, Dr. Hicks specializes in interventional radiology and served nationally as former president of the Society of Interventional Radiology. He has been a collaborator in many clinical research studies of a wide range of different types of cancers, including, among other sites, those involving the lung, liver, colon, head and neck.

“I am honored to be asked to serve MD Anderson as its interim president,” Hicks said. “This extraordinary institution holds a special place in the hearts of its patients and their families, our outstanding faculty and trainees, our dedicated staff, the Houston community and people across the world.”

Recently-appointed Chief Operating Officer Stephen Hahn, M.D., applauded Hicks’ selection, noting “Marshall is one of our most seasoned leaders on campus and he has been a great partner with me in our efforts to position MD Anderson for the challenges and opportunities ahead. He has a calming and reassuring style that will help us through the leadership transition.”

While serving as interim president, Hicks will appoint an interim head of the Division of Diagnostic Imaging to serve until he returns to that position.

A national search for a permanent president is expected to launch soon and will include the appointment of a search advisory committee. The committee will aim to recommend top candidates to the UT System Board of Regents by the end of 2017.

“Given the national prominence of MD Anderson, we expect significant interest in this position from the most renowned cancer experts in the country,” said UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs Raymond Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Greenberg said the search advisory committee “would look for an established leader with proven skills in managing a large and complex health care organization, ideally with both clinical and research expertise.”