Cantor Foundation to Fund Chair at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City has announced a $2.5 million pledge from the Los Angeles-based Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation to establish an endowed chair for a senior researcher in the field of digestive cancers.

The Iris Cantor Chair will be endowed in honor of Dr. Sidney J. Winawer, the former chief of the center's gastroenterology and nutrition service, who is credited with establishing national guidelines for colorectal screening in the United States. The chair will be held by a translational researcher with a proven track record of bringing discoveries from the laboratory to the treatment of patients. Studies undertaken by the researcher are expected to pave the way for progress in the fight against digestive cancers, which affect the esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, liver, and pancreas.

"Mrs. Cantor and the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation have been consistently generous in their support of this institution's life-saving mission," said Douglas A. Warner III, chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering's board of overseers and managers. "The creation of the Iris Cantor Chair is significant for the discoveries it will make possible, and as a meaningful tribute to a dedicated and accomplished physician."

"Iris Cantor Funds Senior Chair at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center." Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Press Release 04/18/2007.