Baptist leadership announced today that Dr. Stephen B. Edge, a well-known and well-respected oncologist, will be the new director of the Baptist Cancer Center.
He will assume his new position in July 2013. His duties include oversight of the construction of the new Cancer Center building, slated to open in 2014 near the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis campus.
Dr. Edge comes to Baptist from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., where he most recently served as the Alfiero Foundation Endowed Chair in Breast Oncology in the department of surgical oncology. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and as a co-chair of the Technical Expert Panel for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Nationally recognized for his clinical and research work, Dr. Edge is one of the original five members of the team who developed an outcomes database for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. While at Roswell Park, he led the implementation of a Breast Outcomes Database.
“With such an esteemed and visionary leader at the helm, Baptist will be one big step closer to bringing a whole new level of cancer care to the Mid-South through the Baptist Cancer Center,” said Jason Little, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
In March of this year, the state of Tennessee approved Baptist’s certificate of need to build the Cancer Center at 50 Humphreys, where it would be in closer proximity to services cancer patients need, such as physician offices and multidisciplinary clinics. The Cancer Center will be the first of its kind in the area, and a groundbreaking ceremony is planned for early summer.