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Children’s physician assumes leadership role in an international cancer consortium

Jason Jarzembowski, MD, PhD, assistant associate professor of Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and medical director of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Children’s, has been elected to serve as the Pathology Discipline Chair for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).This appointment is for five years starting on March 1 of this year.

The Children’s Oncology Group (COG) is a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials group and is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. The Pathology Discipline Chair is one of only eight discipline chairs in COG, and is responsible for overseeing central pathology review for COG trials, supporting pathology-based research efforts on pediatric cancer, and serving on the COG Executive Committee.

"This prestigious appointment is significant to Children’s and the Medical College, as well as the wider research community on campus," said Michael Kelly, MD, institutional COG Principal Investigator and Director of the Pediatric Cancer Program at Children's. "It recognizes both Dr. Jarzembowski’s pathology expertise and his research contributions that have made a profound impact on childhood cancer."

Dr. Jarzembowski directs much of his clinical and research efforts toward neuroblastoma, one of the most common pediatric cancers. He currently serves as vice chair of the Pathology Discipline Committee for COG, and is a member of the steering committees for three treatment protocols for neuroblastoma. He is also a member of the International Neuroblastoma Pathology Committee and collaborates on multiple research projects.

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