April 01, 2015

Dana-Farber Hospital Chief to Step Down Next Year

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute CEO Edward J. Benz Jr., who has overseen a four-fold increasing in fundraising and revenue at the Boston specialty hospital in his 15-year tenure, announced Tuesday that he will leave the job in June 2016, The Boston Globe writes. Dr. Benz, who will be 70 at the time of his departure, is the longest-serving chief executive of Dana-Farber, which has grown from a regional medical center into an international hub for cancer treatment and research.

Since his arrival in 2000 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dana-Farber has built its donor base to 300,000, quadrupled fundraising to more than $200 million a year, and seen yearly revenue rise from $265 million to more than $1 billion. Dr. Benz also won plaudits from a patient advocates for maintaining the Boston center's focus on care. A hematologist, he said he plans to continue conducting research and teaching at Harvard Medical School.