The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) was co-founded by Dr. Stephen Strum and me in 1996. I have been volunteering as the PCRI’s Executive Director and Medical Director since 2007. I stepped into this dual role suddenly when our previous director, Brad Guess, passed away in 2006 from a heart attack. As Executive and Medical Director, it has been my responsibility to fulfill PCRI’s stated mission, i.e. to improve the quality of men’s lives by supporting research and disseminating information that educates and empowers patients, families and the medical community.
Thanks to the excellent work of Angelique Guarneri in 2010, and subsequently the work of Cathy Williams who took over as Chief Operating Officer in 2011, PCRI has been growing quickly. New programs include the Online Blue Community, The Mentor Curriculum and the Play for Blue Fundraisers, all of which operate in addition to existing programs, newsletters, website, helpline, and our annual conference.
Several new people have joined PCRI: Madhu Rajaraman, Staff Journalist; Laurie Sorrow our Programs Director; and Silvia Cooper our newest Helpline Counselor, who works alongside our longstanding Helpline Counselors, Nathan Roundy and Jan Manarite. Also part of the PCRI team includes Tom Gallatin, our Grant Writer, and Angelique Guarneri who now serves as a Social Media consultant.
With the creation and growth of these new programs, my functioning in the dual role of Executive Director and Medical Director has become far too demanding. In fact, I have become concerned that without a fulltime Medical Director, PCRI’s continued growth and progress will be impeded.
Therefore, as of September 1st, Dean Foster, MD has been hired as the new Medical Director of the PCRI. Dr. Foster’s resume is too extensive to review in detail. Briefly, he was educated in molecular biology at the
in San Diego (UCSD). He studied medicine at USC where he also completed residency in orthopedic surgery. Before retiring from medical practice to pursue missionary work, Dean was a specialist in reconstructive surgery in University of California La Jolla and on the clinical faculty at UCSD. Having known Dean personally for many years, I am thrilled that he is willing to assume the leadership of this vibrant and growing organization. Please join me in welcoming him as the PCRI’s new Medical Director!