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Charles Geyer Named Associate Director for Clinical Research
Geyer is an internationally recognized expert in breast cancer

Description: Geyer,charles.jpgRICHMOND, Va. (May 30, 2013) – Charles Edward Geyer, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P., has been named Associate Director for Clinical Research at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and a professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care, Department of Internal Medicine, at the VCU School of Medicine, effective June 1, 2013.

Geyer comes to VCU from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where he was an associate professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. He was also previously president and chief medical officer of the Statewide Clinical Trials Network of Texas (CTNet), a network of academic and community-based cancer centers across Texas collaborating on cancer clinical research.

A board certified medical oncologist and clinical researcher, Geyer is internationally recognized for his expertise in the study and treatment of breast cancer. From 2004 to 2011, he served as the director of medical affairs at the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), where he was responsible for the development and oversight of the national cooperative group’s clinical studies for breast and colorectal cancers. He was also the founding co-chairman of the NCI (National Cancer Institute) Breast Cancer Steering Committee, which coordinates the nation’s process for identifying and promoting the “best science” in breast cancer clinical research by addressing the design and prioritization of phase III and large phase II trials for breast cancer.    

As the associate director for clinical research at Massey, Geyer will serve on the cancer center’s Executive Committee and will oversee the development of and play a key role in defining the strategic vision of oncology clinical trials at Massey. He will collaborate with laboratory and clinical investigators of the cancer center’s various scientific programs as well as with its oncology clinicians to fashion a clinical trials menu that reflects both the strengths of Massey’s science and the cancer burden of its patients. He will also work closely with the associate director of translational research, Steven Grant, M.D., to create a seamless pathway for moving promising new scientific concepts into clinical trials.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Geyer to Massey to direct our clinical research enterprise,” said Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center. “He brings substantial expertise and experience to a leadership position critical to Massey’s long-term growth and continued success as Virginia’s largest center of cancer clinical trials.”

“Dr. Geyer’s prominence as a breast cancer specialist further strengthens our division’s excellence in patient care, research and education,” said Steven Grossman, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care. “His addition will not only benefit the cancer center and university, but also the cancer community across Virginia.”

Geyer received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Texas Tech. He completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in medical oncology at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, and he served as chief medical resident at Houston Veterans Administration Medical Center.  He and his wife, Joni, have four children.


About VCU Massey Cancer Center
VCU Massey Cancer Center is one of only 67 National Cancer Institute-designated institutions in the country that leads and shapes America’s cancer research efforts. Working with all kinds of cancers, the Center conducts basic, translational and clinical cancer research, provides state-of-the-art treatments and clinical trials, and promotes cancer prevention and education. Since 1974, Massey has served as an internationally recognized center of excellence. It has one of the largest offerings of clinical trials in Virginia and serves patients in Richmond and in four satellite locations. Its 1,000 researchers, clinicians and staff members are dedicated to improving the quality of human life by developing and delivering effective means to prevent, control and ultimately to cure cancer. Visit Massey online at or call 877-4-MASSEY for more information.

About VCU and the VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 222 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-six of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see


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