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After more than seven years as president and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dr. Donald L. Trump has announced he is retiring effective Dec. 31.

Trump’s retirement follows the July 1 announcement of Roswell Park’s successful renewal of the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Center Support Grant – a core federal grant – for five more years.

In a statement, Michael Joseph, chairman of Roswell Park’s board of directors, praised Trump, 68, for “a truly remarkable job of keeping the Institute on course.”

Roswell Park “has grown in cancer care, education and research at a time when economics of health care have never been more challenging,” he said.

“Roswell Park’s clinical revenues and its unique patient care programs continue to increase as Dr. Trump has been at the forefront of a ‘transformation process’ at the Institute. Further, he led several important initiatives that have great potential to enhance collaborative relationships with local and regional health care partners, thus benefiting cancer patients not only at Roswell Park, but in upstate New York.”

In addition to his role as President and CEO, Trump also was praised for his contributions to the betterment of patient care and research – leading Roswell Park’s clinical research program in vitamin D-based cancer prevention and treatment, and care for patients with prostate cancer and other urologic cancers.

The recent announcement on Roswell Park’s grant renewal was made during a visit by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to the cancer center, and also coincided with the renewal of Roswell Park’s designation as a comprehensive cancer center.

“The designation confirms to patients, researchers and other institutions the great work that is occurring here,” Trump said at the time.

Roswell Park will receive $19 million over the next five years – less than the $24 million requested and a reflection of federal cuts to cancer funding, officials said. The designation, a seal of approval, helps attract researchers, other government and industry grants and charitable donations.

“We will embark on a national search for his replacement, and we are confident that Dr. Trump has paved the way for Roswell Park Cancer Institute to continue to succeed,” Joseph said.

Trump came to Roswell Park in January 2002, serving as senior vice president for clinical research, chairman of the department of medicine and co-principal investigator of the Cancer Center Support Grant, funded by the National Cancer Institute. He was named president and CEO on April 1, 2007.

He earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he also completed his internship and resident training, as well as a fellowship in oncology, according to his biography on the Roswell Park website.

He served as chief resident in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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