The former James Cancer Hospital CEO is heading to California just 13 days after he resigned from his OSU role.
That didn’t take long. Less than two weeks after suddenly resigning from his longtime position as the James Cancer Hospital CEO, Dr. Michael Caligiuri has accepted a job at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California.
“City of Hope is an incredible institution with an amazing history of innovation,” Caligiuri said in a press release posted on the website of the medical center located about 24 miles northeast of Los Angeles. “I have many friends and colleagues at City of Hope, and I am incredibly excited about the organization’s vision. I share that vision and excitement for the role City of Hope will play in changing the global landscape of cancer care.”
Caligiuri’s exit comes amid a power struggle within the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center that has pitted leaders from the university’s cancer program against those who want to challenge its longstanding independence. The conflict—detailed in the December issue of Columbus Monthly on newsstands now—also led to the May resignation of then-Wexner Medical Center CEO Sheldon Retchin, who was accused of trying to “assert his leadership” over the cancer program, according to disgruntled staff members. The day after Caligiuri resigned from his role at the James, Ohio State officials confirmed that the chancellor of the Ohio State medical operation (a new position announced in early November) will oversee the leaders of the university’s cancer program (the James and the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center, the research arm of the program). Previously, the leader of the James reported to the president of the university, while the cancer center director answered to the provost.
In an interview posted on the website of The Cancer Letter today, Caligiuri said the job offer from City of Hope came together quickly. He'll start as the president and physician-in-chief of the California institution in February. “I’ve always had an interest in City of Hope, and Steve Rosen [provost and chief scientific officer for City of Hope and director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center] has always been poking at me to come take a look, but things really didn’t take off until I made the decision to resign from my position at OSU.”
Caligiuri also spoke about what motivated his decision to leave Ohio State. “My job was done, and I realized that rather suddenly,” he told the publication, which covers cancer research and policy. “It was really time to bring in new blood to lead the cancer program at OSU, create new opportunities for my colleagues who are there and ready to lead, and others to come in and for me to broaden my own horizons. I was ready for a new opportunity.”