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LCRC Under New Leadership

Posted on August 11, 2015

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Experienced Cancer Center Leader to Serve as New LCRC CAO


New Orleans, LA – The Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) has reached another milestone in their journey toward becoming a nationally recognized National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center. On August 1, 2015, Sven Davisson, CRA, was appointed Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the LCRC. In this role, he will guide and assist over 200 scientists and staff from the four partnering entities: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, Tulane University Medical School, Xavier University and Ochsner Health System, in their collective mission to promote education and conduct research in the diagnosis, detection and treatment of cancer.

Larry Hollier, MD, FACS, Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center at New Orleans and LCRC Board Chair noted, “The national search for a new CAO was extensive and we are very fortunate to have someone of Sven’s caliber and experience join our team.” LCRC Board Co-Chair L. Lee Hamm III, MD, FACP, Senior Vice President & Dean of the School of Medicine at Tulane commented that, “For many years, cancer patients and their families have traveled out-of-state to research institutions like M.D. Anderson in Texas and the University of Alabama Birmingham to seek treatment and participate in clinical trials. Mr. Davisson will assist the LCRC Board to achieve its vision to build a cancer center where patients can receive excellent care close to home. We are excited to have him at the helm of this organization as he guides all of the partner institutions forward in our single mission.”

Davisson has spent over a decade in a key executive leadership role at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, an internationally recognized leader in cancer research and one of 69 NCI- designated cancer centers in the United States. His experience includes coordination of national grant submission processes, gathering and maintaining performance metrics, recruiting high caliber cancer researchers and leaders, and developing and implementing an organizational strategic vision.

Caroll Suggs, LCRC Board member and CAO Search Committee member, said of Davisson, “His passion for creating a dynamic, efficient, and collaborative research environment is palpable and will be such an asset to the LCRC. Sven will help us do great things in New Orleans, and this state, in advancing cancer research.”