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Kevin Cullen, MD, Named the First Recipient of the Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professorship in Oncology

Friday, March 08, 2013

 Dean Reece and Dr. Davis present Dr. Cullen with a medal recognizing his endowed professorship.

An investiture ceremony was held on March 5, 2013 to award Kevin Cullen, MD, the first Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professorship in Oncology. Dr. Cullen, who is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, is also Director of the University of Maryland Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. He has been at the School of Medicine since 2004.

“I can’t think of any better way to reward Dr. Cullen for his superb leadership of our nationally ranked cancer center and for his extraordinary clinical and academic excellence,” said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine. “This professorship will also insure that the recruitment of other, future visionary leaders will be possible. I thank the Greenebaum family for their outstanding generosity and for making this endowed professorship possible.”

Stephen Davis, MBBS, Professor and the Theodore E. Woodward Endowed Chair of the Department of Medicine, said an endowed professorship “is just about the highest academic honor a school can bestow on its faculty, and Kevin is very, very deserving. If ever I were to need a doctor, I’d want Kevin to be my doctor. He’s very knowledgeable, and he’s a consummate physician, a fantastic researcher and a wonderful teacher.”

Under Dr. Cullen’s leadership, the Cancer Center has risen to #11 in the nation in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. “The progress that has been made here under Kevin’s leadership has been truly remarkable,” said Robert Chrencik, president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System. “He has a lot to be proud of, and we congratulate him on this honor. And thank you to the Greenebaum family, from the bottom of my heart, for all that you do for the Cancer Center, the medical system and the School of Medicine, and the generous support you have given us over the years.”

A replica of the medal given to Dr. Cullen in recognition of his endowed professorship was given to the Greenebaum family. A plaque explaining who the Greenebaums are and the contributions they have made to the University of Maryland Medical Center and the School of Medicine was also unveiled. “On behalf of the Greenebaum family, I would like to thank everyone who was involved in honoring our family,” said Michael Greenebaum. “We are very grateful to be a part of these great institutions. Under great leadership, we have watched them flourish and, more importantly, save lives. There is no bigger honor than to know that together we have made a difference.

“We are so pleased that Dr. Cullen is receiving the Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professorship in Oncology,” Greenebaum adds. “It is an honor to bestow him with this endowed professorship and to know that Dr. Cullen will be saving lives and spearheading groundbreaking research for years in the fight against cancer.”

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 Dr. Cullen and his family with Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum, who is recovering from a stroke.

 The Greenebaum family in front of the plaque honoring their many contributions to the hospital and the School of Medicine.

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