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MD Anderson President DePinho Announces Resignation

Ronald DePinho’s departure comes as the cancer center in Houston’s medical center is battling a growing budget deficit.


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Ronald DePinho

MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald DePinho announced Wednesday he's resigning his position.

In a video message posted on the MD Anderson website, DePinho said it is time for a change in leadership – a little more than five years after he was appointed.

The resignation comes after the cancer center recorded losses of $266 million in fiscal year 2016 and nearly $170 million in the first four months of fiscal 2017.

In January, MD Anderson announced it was laying off about 5 percent of its workforce.

In his statement, DePinho said he "could have done a better job administratively, a better job listening, a better job communicating" and asked for forgiveness for his "shortcomings."

Under DePinho's tenure, the MD Anderson launched its Moon Shots Program, an ambitious action plan to fight cancer.

University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven has asked DePinho to stay on through the end of the state's legislative session.

There’s no word yet on who will be replacing him.

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