• By Sam Smith

A. Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., Named Director of Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine

February 25, 2015

~Stewart, Keith.photoROCHESTER, Minn. — A. Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., has been appointed medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. Dr. Stewart is a consultant in the Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine.

“I am honored to have this opportunity,” says Dr. Stewart. “We will build on the excellent work of the center to date, with a renewed focus on helping our clinicians access genomics based diagnostics and therapeutics on a routine basis to improve patient care. The integrated complex care delivered at Mayo Clinic provides a unique ability to lead in the development of precision medicine advances with global impact.”

Dr. Stewart’s own research and clinical interest is in translational genomics in multiple myeloma, including both basic and clinical research to identify novel targets for therapy in multiple myeloma. A diversity of public and private institutions currently support this work: the National Cancer Institute, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as numerous partnerships with the pharmaceutical industry for clinical trials.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sam Smith, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, [email protected]

Dr. Stewart has served in several leadership roles across both Research and Practice at Mayo Clinic, including recent roles as Dean for Research in Arizona, chairman of the Department of Research in Arizona, membership on the Arizona Executive Operations Team, Clinical Practice Committee, Space and Capital Committee, and physician leadership of the Arizona Biomedical Corridor Project.

The Center for Individualized Medicine focuses on translational genome-based research, working to deliver high value patient outcomes across Mayo Clinic by customizing care to the individual patient’s unique genetic makeup.

Dr. Stewart will be supported in the transition by acting director, Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., and will take the place of former director, Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.

Dr. Stewart will assume the title of Carlson and Nelson Endowed Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and also is recognized as the Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Professor of Cancer Research.

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