Philip Philip joins Henry Ford Cancer Institute

One of the most famous names in oncology – the internationally renowned medical oncologist – Philip A. Philip, M.D., Ph.D. has joined the Henry Ford Cancer Institute as director of Gastrointestinal Oncology and Neuroendocrine Oncology, medical director of Research and Clinical Care Integration, and co-leader of the Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center (HFPCC).

Dr. Philip will join HFCI from the Karmanos Cancer Institute, where he has served in multiple leadership roles over the past 25 years. He will continue to serve as tenured Professor of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Throughout his accomplished career, Dr. Philip has served in many roles, including chair of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Committee for Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), a National Cancer Institute supported global cancer research network. He has also served on the NCI’s Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program Committee; authored more than 250 publications; co-edited books on pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancers; and provided more than 400 presentations as a national and international lecturer.

Dr. Philip will co-lead the HFPCC alongside David Kwon, M.D., pancreas cancer surgeon and clinical director of the HFPCC, and Howard Crawford, Ph.D., another internationally acclaimed researcher who joined the HFPCC in 2020 as scientific director from the University of Michigan.

The addition of Dr. Philip will strengthen the burgeoning HFPCC, which was launched in 2018 by an initial $20 million gift, plus an additional $16 million gift in 2020. This support has bolstered the HFPCC’s clinical and translational research endeavors in the fight against pancreatic cancer, for which the five-year survival rate is only 9 percent.

Dr. Philip received his medical degree from the University of Baghdad, College of Medicine, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenetics from the University of London Guy’s Hospital Medical School in London, England. Dr. Philip completed a residency at the University of Baghdad. He completed fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Oxford in London, England, and at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

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