Division of Oncology

in the Department of Medicine

Welcome to the Division of Oncology, a center of excellence in patient care, medical education, and state-of-the-art research. Cancer is a major public health problem and it is also an exciting challenge for discovery and innovation. 

Message from the Chief

A welcome message from the the Division of Oncology's chief, Dr. George W. Sledge Jr.

Open Positions

The Division of Oncology is seeking qualified faculty for several open positions.  Successful applicants must hold an MD or MD/PhD degree and be board-certified or board-eligible in Medical Oncology, and have a history of significant peer-reviewed funding. 

Our Mission

  • To engage in research to create the future of cancer care
  • To provide the best in care for cancer patients
  • To train physicians for careers in academic medicine and research


  • Cancer Education Seminars - videos are now available on Oncology Online.
  • Upcoming seminars are listed on the Department of Medicine events calendar.


Holbrook Kohrt with his mentor and colleague, Ron Levy

Holbrook Kohrt

It is with real sadness that I must share with you the news that our colleague Holbrook Kohrt died on February 24, 2016.   Holbrook had been battling a serious illness all of his life, and in recent years had become resistant to standard Factor VIII therapy.  He had been on investigational therapy for his disease, but became extremely ill and was transferred to Miami, where he died.  Holbrook was, by everyone's estimation, one of the most brilliant translational researchers of his generation, and was poised to make great contributions to the conquest of cancer. His novel cancer immunotherapy preclinical work led directly to the development of clinical trials that may transform the care of cancer patients. His loss is a personal one for those of us who knew him, but also a real loss for cancer patients everywhere.  


We will share with you more information regarding memorial services in coming days. Let us join in remembering a physician-scientist who bravely faced a life-threatening disease, never gave in, and gave his all in the service of cancer research and cancer patients.

Read his story in the New York Times, March 1.  

George W. Sledge


  • Faculty Spotlight - Sigurdis Haraldsdottir, MD

    Sigurdis Haraldsdottir, MD (assistant professor, Hematology/Oncology), is a recent (October 2015) newcomer to the Department of Medicine faculty. She is a native of Iceland, a fact that colors her professional interests as well as the ways she chooses to spend her free time.

Upcoming events

Oncology News

Young Investigator of the Year
Congratulations to Associate Professor Heather Wakelee, recipient of the 2015 ECOG-ACRIN Young Investigator Award for extraordinary contributions to thoracic oncology.

Charlotte Jacobs, professor emerita, has just released her second book, Jonas Salk: A Life, a masterful biography of the polio researcher, published by Oxford University Press.