Craig B. Thompson, M.D., Craig B. Thompson became president and chief executive officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) on November 2, 2010. He came to MSKCC from the University of Pennsylvania, where he had served since 2006 as director of the Abramson Cancer Center and associate vice president for cancer services of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Thompson attended college at Dartmouth and continued his graduate studies at Dartmouth Medical School. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977 and completed his residency at Harvard’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. In 1982, he was appointed to assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a year later became a fellow in hematology and oncology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington. Thompson joined the University of Michigan’s Department of Medicine in 1987; he then became an investigator at Howard Hughes Institute and director of the Knapp Center at the University of Chicago. Thompson joined the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute as scientific director in 1999 before becoming president of MSKCC last November.
Thompson’s research currently focuses on studying how alterations in the control of cell metabolism contribute to cancer cell development and survival. Previously, he has contributed to the development of new treatments for autoimmune diseases and leukemia.
Active in many American Association for Cancer Research programs, Thompson presently serves on the board of directors and as a member of the council of scientific advisors. He is also on the editorial board for Molecular Cancer Research. Thompson was co-chairperson of the AACR’s 2008 Annual Meeting program committee, chairperson of the 2008 nominating committee and has served on multiple award committees. In 2005, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.