TAMPA, Fla. Moffitt Cancer Center is proud to announce that Jason B. Fleming, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been appointed as the new Chair of the Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology at the cancer center.

Fleming previously worked as a professor with tenure in the Department of Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. There he served as chief of Pancreas Surgery and executive director of Perioperative Services and created the first xenograft program in gastrointestinal cancer.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Fleming to our program and look forward to seeing how he will lead the effort to further advance our discoveries in the field of gastrointestinal oncology,” said G. Douglas Letson, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief at Moffitt.

For more than 15 years, Fleming has instructed and supervised education programs for undergraduates, medical students, postdoctoral research fellows, clinical residents and fellows. He’s received the Castle Connolly Top Doctor award every year since 2013 and recently accepted the President’s Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2016.

“I’m honored to be joining such an influential institution and am thrilled to guide the team of inspirational doctors who work in the Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology,” said Fleming.

Fleming will continue his studies to identify the biomarkers of pancreatic cancer and their underlying molecular biology.

About Moffitt Cancer Center Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of more than $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube