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Charles W. M. Roberts, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President, Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of the Molecular Oncology Division

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Charles W. M. Roberts, MD, PhD, is director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, director of the Molecular Oncology Division and Executive Vice President at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. He is an international expert in cancer epigenetics and a dedicated pediatric oncologist.

Roberts launched into research as a medical student, joining the laboratory of the late Stanley J. Korsmeyer, MD, to investigate genetic mechanisms in cancer formation. After earning his medical and doctoral degrees from Washington University in 1995, he went to Boston Children’s Hospital for internship and residency. There, Roberts set his investigative sights on SWI/SNF, a protein complex that regulates DNA transcription. Roberts’s research confirmed SNF5 as a bona fide tumor suppressor, and for more than two decades, from mouse models to clinical trials, his research has continued to pursue insights that are being translated into treatment targets for related cancers.

After completing his fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2003, Roberts joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2004, he received the institute’s Stephen E. Sallan Leadership Award, which recognizes pediatric oncology staff leaders for their ability to guide, inspire and motivate others. He also led the institutional review board and was co-director of the Solid Tumor Program before being named Deputy Chief Scientific Officer of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 2015, he was named executive vice president and director of the St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Roberts has been elected to the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, and the American Society of Clinical Investigation. He has also been selected to co-chair several national meetings and conferences.

More than an outstanding scientist and leader, Roberts is recognized by his colleagues as a top-notch clinician who draws rave reviews from service chiefs, trainees and nurses alike. In all of his pursuits, his ultimate goal is to improve outcomes for children who have cancer.

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Executive VP of St. Jude on Advancing the Treatment of Childhood Cancer and Thoughts on The Future

by Charles Roberts, MD, PHD September 21, 2021

Together interviewed Charles Roberts, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We talked to the pediatric oncologist and scientist about his career advancing the treatment of childhood cancer and his thoughts on the future.

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