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Vincent DeVita

Vincent DeVita MD

Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine, Yale Cancer Center; Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut

Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., MD, FACP, FASCO, FAACR, Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. He served as the Director of Yale Cancer Center from 1993 to 2003. In 1980 he was appointed by the President of the United States as Director of NCI and the National Cancer Program. In 1988 DeVita joined Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as Physician-in-Chief, and incumbent of the Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Clinical Oncology. He served as Professor of Medicine at Cornell University School of Medicine until he returned to Yale in 1993.

At the NCI, he developed combination chemotherapy programs that ultimately led to an effective regimen (MOPP) of curative chemotherapy of Hodgkin's disease and diffuse large B-cell lymphomas. In 1972, DeVita received the Albert and Mary Lasker Medical Research Award for his contribution to the cure of Hodgkin's disease. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1974. The Commendatore of the Italian Republic Order of Merit was bestowed by the President of Italy in 1998. In 2002 DeVita was elected to the European Academy of Sciences for his outstanding and lasting contribution to cancer research and medical education. DeVita held the position of President of the American Cancer Society in 2012 to 2013. He is one of the three editors of Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, a comprehensive textbook in the field of cancer medicine, now in its 10th edition.