Primo N. Lara, Jr., MD

Primo N. Lara, Jr., MD, has been named director of the National Cancer Institute–designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, leading a team of more than 300 scientists serving more than 10,000 new adult and pediatric patients yearly. As director, Dr. Lara will hold the Codman-Radke Chair in Cancer Research and will serve as executive associate dean for cancer programs. Dr. Lara was selected for the position after a national search; he has served as acting director since July 2016. Dr. Lara is active in medical education and training, serving as principal investigator of the NCI-funded K12 Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology Training Grant, which trains junior faculty scholars to be independent, patient-oriented cancer researchers. He also chaired the IASLC Education Committee from 2011-2013 and the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Continuing Medical Education Subcommittee in 2012-2013.