Chair endowed for cancer research

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York received a major gift it will use to create an endowed chair for a senior researcher in the field of digestive cancers.

The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation donated the $2.5 million gift in honor of Sidney J. Winawer, the former chief of the Gastroenterology and Nutrition Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Winawer is credited with establishing national guidelines for colorectal screening, according to a news release.

The chair will be named for Iris Cantor, and will be held by a researcher responsible for “paving the way for new progress in the fight against digestive cancers.”

The news release from Memorial Sloan-Kettering stated that digestive cancers are the most common cancers worldwide and cause the majority of cancer deaths.

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