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John Mendelsohn

Born: 31-Aug-1936
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Biologist, Business
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Cancer researcher

Dr John Mendelsohn is the President of the University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center. He studied under James Watson, and his research led to the discovery of the mechanism by which blockade of epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptors inhibits cell proliferation. He has studied signal transduction pathways mediated by activated receptors, and made numerous other findings considered important in the battle against various forms of cancer, including the development of ImClone's anti-cancer drug Erbitux. The legal problems of lifestyle maven Martha Stewart stemmed from her sale of Imclone stock in 2001, the day before Erbitux was rejected by federal authorities.

Mendelsohn served on Enron's Board of Directors where, according to the New York Times, he had "a pivotal role in overseeing the company's relationship with its auditor, Arthur Andersen, and the integrity of the company's financial statements". His name was also briefly controversial in 2002, when it was revealed that patients undergoing clinical tests involving Erbitux at MD Anderson had not been told of the Mendelsohn's financial interest in the drug.

Wife: Anne Mendelsohn (three sons)

    Medical School: MD, Harvard Medical School (1963)
    Scholar: Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
    Teacher: University of California at San Diego (1970-79)
    Administrator: Director of Cancer Center, University of California at San Diego (1976-85)
    Professor: University of California at San Diego (1979-85)
    Professor: Cornell University (1985-96)
    Professor: Cancer Medicine, University of Texas (1996-)
    Administrator: Director of Cancer Research, University of Texas (1996-)

    Dan David Prize 2006
    Fulbright (1958-59)
    Member of the Board of Enron (1999-2002)
    Member of the Board of ImClone (1998-2003)
    M. D. Anderson Cancer Center President (1996-)
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Chairman (1985-96)
    American Association for Cancer Research Board of Directors (1990-93)
    American Association of Immunologists
    American Cancer Society
    American College of Physicians
    American Medical Association
    American Society for Clinical Investigation
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
    American Society of Hematology
    Association of American Physicians
    Century Association
    Houston Grand Opera Board of Trustees (1996-)
    Institute of Medicine
    National Cancer Institute
    New York Academy of Medicine
    Rotary International Houston, TX
    Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
    National Institutes of Health
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
    Phi Beta Kappa Society

Author of books:
The Molecular Basis of Cancer (2001)

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