Dietrich Named to Oncology Chair

October 16, 2009

Dr. Dietrich

Allen J. Dietrich, MD

Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Dartmouth Medical School have appointed Allen J. Dietrich, MD, to the James J. Carroll Chair of Oncology. In announcing the appointment, Norris Cotton Cancer Center Director Mark Israel said the chair traditionally goes "to a faculty member with an outstanding professional history as an inspiring educator, a supportive mentor, a productive scientist at the leading edge of cancer research, a respected senior scholar of national academic stature, and an astute and judicious institutional leader."

A professor of community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, Dietrich "has played a pivotal role in the continuing development of Norris Cotton Cancer Center as a center of excellence, and has brought discernment and keen insight to his leadership of Dartmouth's cancer-related population sciences toward enduring national prominence and visibility," Israel said in announcing the appointment.

Dietrich is a member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. In 2007, he was named to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a national panel of experts in preventive and primary care. His research interests include primary care-especially quality improvement and cancer prevention, and care in primary-care settings-preventive health services, and mental-health issues.

He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1973, then did his residency at the University of Rochester and a fellowship at Stanford University.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation established the chair in 1979, in memory of 1948 Dartmouth graduate James J. Carroll. Carroll, a 1949 graduate of the Tuck School of Business Administration, served as senior investment advisor to the Noble Foundation, and for Noble Affiliates, for 20 years before he died of cancer in 1975.