ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL

“The competition among the nation’s leading cancer centers to recruit the most talented physicians and surgeons is intense. That’s why Dr. Cheryl Willman says the University of New Mexico Cancer Center and School of Medicine “hit a home run” when it recruited Israeli- born Dr. Itzhak Nir three years ago.

“We knew that he would be a fabulous cancer surgeon based on his outstanding medical training,” says Willman, director and chief executive officer of the UNM Cancer Center. “We were thrilled to hire him.”

Nir, 51, is one of only a handful of doctors in the country to have completed fellowships in both multi- organ transplantation surgery and surgical oncology — the former at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the latter at Memorial Sloan Kettering — both in New York.”

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