May 11, 2018

Duke VP to lead Yale's Smilow Cancer Hospital

Photo | Contributed
Photo | Contributed
Lori Pickens

Yale New Haven Hospital said this week it has tapped the associate vice president of oncology services at Duke University Health System to lead Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Lori Pickens will take over as senior vice president and executive director of Smilow on Aug. 6, YNHH said. She replaces Abe Lopman, who is retiring on Oct. 1.

"We are thrilled that Lori has agreed to join the Yale New Haven Hospital family," YNNH President Richard D'Aquila said in a statement. "Her wealth of experience will help us to expand our ability to provide the best cancer care for our patients throughout New England."

In addition to her role at Duke University Health System, Pickens is also associate dean and administrator of the Duke Cancer Institute at Duke University School of Medicine. She is also an officer of the board of the National Comprehensive Cancer Care Network, an alliance of 27 cancer centers in the U.S.

Pickens received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Clark University and a master's in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine.

In her new job, she will oversee all Smilow Cancer Hospital locations as well as satellite offices, the hospital said. Charles Fuchs remains director of Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief at Smilow.

Pickens plans to relocate to New Haven this summer with her husband and two children.

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