Steven Rosen to leave Lurie Cancer Center for Los Angeles research hospital

Joseph Diebold, Campus Editor

Dr. Steven Rosen, the director of the Feinberg School of Medicine’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, will leave Northwestern early next year to become the provost and chief scientific officer of Duarte, Calif.-based City of Hope.

“I feel privileged to join such a prestigious institution with so many accomplished and talented scientists, clinicians and administrative leaders,” Rosen said in a news release. “City of Hope is one of the great treasures in American medicine, with some of the most important discoveries of the last decades coming from its investigators — both in terms of scientific observations as well as clinical advances.”

Rosen helped bring the cancer center to national prominence in his 24 years there, including his treatment of Maggie Daley, the wife of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Maggie Daley died in 2011 after a nine-year fight with breast cancer.

He was also named in a lawsuit alleging a former Lurie center physician misused federal grant money. NU settled the lawsuit — which was unsealed this summer — and paid $2.93 million without admitting wrongdoing.

“City of Hope has established our reputation as an academic medical institution, known for leading-edge research, superior outcomes and compassionate, patient-focused care,” City of Hope president Robert Stone said in a news release. “Dr. Rosen’s experience and vision will create the environment necessary to accelerate the pace of meaningful discoveries that extend both quality and length of life.”

Rosen will leave NU on Jan. 31 and begin at City of Hope on March 1.

“This is a unique opportunity to work with leaders as accomplished as Robert Stone, as well as the remarkable medical and nursing staff and incredibly talented scientists,” he said in the news release.

— Joseph Diebold