STRONG LEADERSHIP TRANSFORMED THE UH CANCER CENTER
In August , the UH Cancer Center bid aloha and mahalo to former Director Randall Holcombe , MD , MBA . Since his arrival in 2016 , Holcombe brought in over $ 47 million in extramural research , education and infrastructure funding , while making countless contributions to the community through his tremendous leadership efforts . Holcombe stepped down from his role as Director to take on a similar position at the University of Vermont Cancer Center in Burlington .
During his tenure , Holcombe successfully renewed the UH Cancer Center ’ s National Cancer Institute designation , engaged two new institutions as members of the Hawai ‘ i Cancer Consortium , oversaw the renewal of the UH Cancer Center as a National Community Oncology Research Program site , established the Community Advisory Board , and introduced training for clinical research professionals . He also collaborated with the state ’ s Department of Human Services Med-QUEST Division to cover treatment costs for Medicaid beneficiaries participating in clinical trials , and secured funds for the development of the Early Phase Clinical Research Center .
Holcombe ’ s efforts throughout the past five years will have a lasting impact on the UH Cancer Center , and will continue to change the lives of cancer patients , their loved ones and many others in Hawai ‘ i and throughout the Pacific for years to come .