December 2, 2005

Nicholson to lead special initiatives for Cancer Center

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Barbara Nicholson

Barbara Nicholson has joined the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center as associate director for Special Initiatives to lead projects for the cancer center director, including relationship management and support for the center's Board of Overseers.

Previously, Nicholson spent 17 years with the local office of the American Cancer Society (ACS) in a variety of roles, including fund raising, special events management and serving as executive director of the society's Middle Tennessee Region from 1996-1999.

Most recently, she was director of the capital campaign that raised more than $5 million to build the Nashville Hope Lodge, which provide housing for cancer patients who travel from outside Nashville to receive their treatment.

“Barbara brings a wealth of knowledge about the cancer field in general and the cancer community in Middle Tennessee in particular, which will be instrumental as we move the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center forward,” said Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., director of Vanderbilt-Ingram and B.F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Molecular Oncology. “She is a wonderful addition to our leadership team.”

In her new role, Nicholson works closely with Cancer Center and Medical Center officials in development, public affairs and marketing, patient and community education, patient relations and other key areas.

Prior to joining ACS, Nicholson worked in the banking industry as a vice president of Bankers Trust Co. in New York City.