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Nov 15, 2016

In the spring of 2016, the University of Kentucky hired Dr. Robert DiPaola as the new dean for the UK College of Medicine. Dr. DiPaola had previously been the director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and vice chancellor for cancer programs at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Center. 

At Rutgers, he was responsible for all research, clinical and administrative activities of a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and led the successful renewal of their NCI designation in 2011. During his tenure there, he oversaw an increase in external research funding to more than $100 million annually. He now takes over a College of Medicine that has long been nationally recognized for education innovation and leadership, preparing graduates for clinical practice and advanced academic and research opportunities. 

On this episode, Dr. DiPaola discusses his transition to UK, his vision for priorities in research and the College of Medicine, advances in technology and multi-disciplinary work, and more.

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