WEEKLY NEWS DIGEST (January 11-17, 2010)

HEALTH CARE

Nobel Winner to Step Down as Chief at Sloan-Kettering.” By Anemona Hartocollis. New York Times. January 13, 2010. Dr. Harold E. Varmus, the Nobel Prize-winning president and chief executive of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, said Tuesday that he would be stepping down after 10 years as the head of the renowned Upper East Side medical institution. Dr. Varmus, a Freeport, Long Island, native, holds a master’s degree in English from Harvard and a medical degree from Columbia. He arrived at the cancer center in 2000 after serving as director of the National Institutes of Health, having been appointed by President Clinton in 1993. He is a co-chairman of President Obama’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. In the interview Tuesday, he repeatedly took umbrage at the idea that he was “leaving” his post, where he earned $2.76 million in compensation in 2008, according to tax filings. He said he planned to continue running his cancer research laboratory at the center and to stay in New York, where he can indulge his interests in the arts.

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