“With cancer identified as one of UNC Health Care’s strategic priorities, it makes sense to coordinate all of our activities as closely as possible. Dr. Earp’s long-term service to UNC makes him the logical leader to build on our outstanding programs,” said Dr. Roper.
In this role Dr. Earp will lead cancer programs across the School of Medicine as well as the cancer clinical and outreach missions of UNC Health Care. He will continue as cancer center director, where he coordinates UNC’s nationally-recognized basic, preventive, translational, and clinical cancer research enterprise totaling more than $220 million in extramural funding and offering more than 250 clinical trials.
As director of UNC Cancer Care, Dr. Earp will be responsible for the strategic direction of the cancer program across the entire health enterprise at UNC (UNC Hospitals, UNC Physicians & Associates, Triangle Physician Network, Rex Healthcare, Pardee Hospital, Chatham Hospital, UNC Lineberger and UNC School of Medicine). Program priorities include integration of research and cancer care, strategic recruitment of top physicians and scientists, and establishment of strategic partnerships providing patients and referring physicians with access to innovative cancer treatment options.