Ethan Dmitrovsky, president of Leidos Biomedical Research and director of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, will deliver Hood College’s Commencement speech May 18.
Dmitrovsky, M.D., leads a team of 2,200 scientists, health professionals and supporting staff members to advance research of cancer, AIDS and infectious diseases.
He graduated from Harvard University and Cornell University Medical College and was an internal medicine resident at New York University Hospital Center.
Dmitrovsky was former provost and executive vice president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, home to undergraduate and graduate programs and more than 4,000 clinical trials. He also served as principal investigator of the Cancer Center Core Grant—MD Anderson’s largest federal grant—which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
While working at MD Anderson, Dmitrovsky collaborated with 33 sister institutions in 23 countries, including the launch of a pain medicine initiative for cancer patients in Ethiopia, a country of 90 million people with minimal pain specialists.
Frederick National Laboratory and Hood College partnered in 2018 to expand research and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the lab, and to provide professional development programs for Hood faculty and national laboratory staff. This year, they will cohost an annual scientific symposium based on the tradition of the Oncogene Meeting, held from 1985-2004 in Frederick. The meeting allowed scientists to discuss innovative new ideas for cancer research.
The Frederick National Lab is the only federally funded research and development center devoted entirely to biomedical research, and is operated by Leidos Biomedical on behalf of the National Cancer Institute.
Hood College is an independent, liberal arts college, offering 32 undergraduate majors, four pre-professional programs, 17 graduate programs, two doctorates and 11 post-baccalaureate certificates. Located in historic Frederick, near Washington, D.C., Baltimore and the I-270 technology corridor, Hood gives students access to countless internships and research opportunities.