Boris C. Bastian, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Bastian is also the incumbent of the James Ewing Alumni Chair of Pathology, and he will hold a joint appointment in the Center’s Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program.
“Dr. Bastian is an exemplary physician-scientist, a leader in translational research, and his expertise will be extremely valuable to the continuing evolution of cancer pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering,” said Dr. Robert E. Wittes, MD, Physician-in-Chief of Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Bastian’s research focuses on the molecular genetics of cutaneous neoplasms, with a particular emphasis on the discovery of genetic alterations useful for diagnosis, classification, and therapy. As one of the world’s leading melanoma investigators, his findings have had a significant impact on the understanding of genetic alterations and melanoma, and led to the development of diagnostics that play a major role in influencing clinical decisions.
“This is an exciting time of rapid advances in the management of cancer patients, in which basic discoveries are translating into improved modalities for diagnosis and treatment at an accelerating pace,” said Dr. Bastian. “The outstanding clinical and research environment at Memorial Sloan Kettering makes this an extraordinary place to contribute to the fight against cancer.”
Prior to his appointment at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Dr. Bastian served as Leader of the Cutaneous Oncology Program and investigator at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). During his time at UCSF, Dr. Bastian worked in the Dermatopathology Section of the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology and in the UCSF Melanoma Center.
Dr. Bastian received his MD degree and Dr. med degree (equivalent to a PhD degree in medical sciences) from the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. After completing his residency in dermatology at the University of Wurzburg, he received training in dermatopathology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF before joining the institution’s faculty. Internationally recognized, Dr. Bastian has lectured around the world and currently serves as the President-Elect of the Society for Melanoma Research.