Fox Chase Cancer Center names new president

Dr. Richard I. Fish­er

Dr. Richard I. Fish­er is the new pres­id­ent and CEO of Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter, the can­cer fa­cil­ity an­nounced on Monday.

Fish­er re­places Dr. Mi­chael Seiden, who de­par­ted in Feb­ru­ary. He had served as pres­id­ent since 2007, but Fox Chase last year be­came part of the Temple Uni­versity Health Sys­tem, and Seiden ul­ti­mately de­cided to move on.

After Seiden left, Dr. Verdi DiSesa served as act­ing pres­id­ent and CEO. He will re­lin­quish that role and re­turn to his on­go­ing po­s­i­tion as chief op­er­at­ing of­ficer of Temple Uni­versity Health Sys­tem. He will con­tin­ue to over­see in­teg­ra­tion ef­forts, work­ing closely with Dr. Fish­er and Linda Grass, pres­id­ent and CEO of Jeanes Hos­pit­al. He will also con­tin­ue to co­ordin­ate the ex­pand­ing in­teg­rated re­la­tion­ships between Fox Chase and the great­er health­care en­ter­prise.

Fish­er joined Temple Health on March 1 as seni­or as­so­ci­ate dean for can­cer pro­grams at Temple Uni­versity School of Medi­cine.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing pres­id­ent and CEO at Fox Chase, he will serve as the prin­cip­al in­vest­ig­at­or on the Can­cer Cen­ter Sup­port Grant from the Na­tion­al Can­cer In­sti­tute.

“The Health Sys­tem as a whole is for­tu­nate to be able to draw on Dr. Fish­er’s clear cap­ab­il­it­ies as a can­cer cen­ter ad­min­is­trat­or, clini­cian and re­search in­vest­ig­at­or to lead Fox Chase Can­cer Cen­ter,” said Dr. Larry Kais­er, pres­id­ent and CEO of Temple Uni­versity Health Sys­tem.

“In his new roles, he will play a vi­tal part in sus­tain­ing our for­ward mo­mentum and help us max­im­ize the op­por­tun­it­ies offered by the af­fil­i­ation of Fox Chase with Temple Uni­versity Health Sys­tem,” he ad­ded.

Be­fore join­ing Fox Chase and Temple Health, Fish­er was vice pres­id­ent for stra­tegic and pro­gram de­vel­op­ment at the Uni­versity of Rochester Med­ic­al Cen­ter and the Samuel E. Dur­and Pro­fess­or of Medi­cine.

For the pre­vi­ous 11 years, he served as dir­ect­or of the James P. Wilmot Can­cer Cen­ter at the Uni­versity of Rochester School of Medi­cine and Dentistry and dir­ect­or of can­cer ser­vices for the Strong Health Sys­tem in Rochester, N.Y.

Fish­er earned an un­der­gradu­ate de­gree in chem­istry and phys­ics at Har­vard Uni­versity and gradu­ated from Har­vard Med­ic­al School in 1970. He and his wife, Susan, have three grown chil­dren and three grand­chil­dren. ••

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