Home » Dr. Poplack celebrates 15 years as Cancer Center leader
August 15, 2008 – Texas Children’s Hospital
In 1993, as Dr. David Poplack considered leaving his prestigious position at the National Cancer Institute to take over a relatively new program thousands of miles from his home, the turning point came when Texas Children’s extended an ambitious challenge.
“Dr. (Ralph D.) Feigin and Mark (A.) Wallace asked me to build the best pediatric hematology and oncology program in the nation, and it was music to my ears,” said Dr. Poplack, director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Service and chief of the Hematology-Oncology Service, Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
As Poplack observes his 15th anniversary leading one of the country’s premiere programs, he can take pride in a tenure marked by phenomenal growth in patient care, research and education. The numbers speak for themselves.
When Dr.Poplack arrived, the Center had 7 faculty members; they now number 100.
“We’ve build a world-class center of of excellence.” Poplack said. “I’m looking forward to an exciting future of growth and developments to allow us to help even more children.”