Dr. Ken Cowan has announced he will step down as director of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer next year.
Cowan is credited with spearheading the effort to make the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine an international institute for cancer care and research.
Cowan joined the medical center in 1999 and will remain as a full-time faculty member and will continue to see patients after stepped down in June.
“What an incredible run it has been,” UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold said in a written statement released by the university. “Dr. Cowan has been a visionary leader who elevated our cancer programs to new heights and was instrumental in building a world-class program. I can’t thank Ken enough for everything he has done.
“The opening of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in 2017 was an historic moment in the history of our medical center and truly the culminating event in Ken’s amazing career. But, this was just one of his many accomplishments. He accomplished so much – it’s a legacy that will never be forgotten.”
Cowan is a New York City native. He served 21 years in the Public Health Service at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.
The $323 million Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center opened last year.