The Face of Cancer Care and Research

Steven D. Leach, MD, Director, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System

Steven D. Leach, MD built a national reputation as a specialist in pancreatic cancer research and treatment at Johns Hopkins University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, two of the nation’s 51 NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. In 2017, he became the director of a third, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). “I have never seen a cancer center that is so well integrated across every nook and cranny of a world-class academic medical center, medical school, engineering school, business school and liberal arts college,” says Dr. Leach. Using relationships that span both Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth College, Leach is bringing clinicians, academics and researchers together to invent new methods for personalized breast cancer surgery, determine the causes of New Hampshire’s high cancer rates and develop new strategies for cancer prevention. He has also embraced the benefits of NCCC’s six rural locations, allowing delivery of cancer care close to home. “Community support, embodied by The Prouty, our annual fundraising event, is why we’re able to compete with larger institutions,” he says. “There is a culture of collegiality that thrives here and allows us to deliver big-city cancer care and research with a small-town face. This really is a magical place.”

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