Carlos Arteaga

Dr. Carlos L. Arteaga (Courtesy of: UT Southwestern)

UT Southwestern has named Dr. Carlos Arteaga as its new director for the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. Arteaga replaces Dr. James Wilson, who left in 2016 to become chief scientific officer at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Arteaga begins September 1.

In his new role, Arteaga will oversee the center’s 275-person staff of doctors, nurses, scientists, and other medical professionals within 30 departments ranging from basic science to clinical care. Additionally, he will manage more than 12 major cancer programs at the center, which provide “innovative treatments for complex care.”

Arteaga previously served as director for the Center for Cancer Targeted Therapies and breast cancer research programs and associate director for translational and clinical research at Vanderbilt University. He was also a professor of oncology and cancer biology at the university, where he’s been since 1989.

Dr. Gregory Fitz, executive VP for academic affairs and provost and dean of UT Southwestern, said in a statement: “Arteaga brings a wealth of experience to this leadership role that will help further integrate UT Southwestern’s advances in multidisciplinary cancer care and clinical/translational investigation across departmental boundaries. Such integration is fundamental to our commitment to our patients to advance the treatment and prevention of cancer through innovative therapies, leading-edge clinical trials, and the latest technology.”

Arteaga earned his M.D. from the University of Guayaquil in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He trained in internal medicine and medical oncology at Emory University in Atlanta and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio.