Craig L. Slingluff Jr. Oral History Interview, 2021

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Duke University. Medical Center. Department of Surgery.
Abstract:
Dr. Craig L. Slingluff Jr., MD, is the Joseph Helms Farrow Professor of Surgery at University of Virginia (UVA) Health, where he serves as the Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery, Director of the UVA Cancer Center Human Immune Therapy Center, and Co-Chair of the Melanoma Committee of Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). He has 20 years of experience as a surgical oncologist and as an independent investigator in cancer immunology and immunotherapy, all at UVA. This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted on April 18, 2021 by Dr. Justin Barr as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project. In the interview, Slingluff discusses his early life, education, why he decided to join the medical profession, how he came to Duke for his residency, his memories of Sabiston, recollections of the people he worked with at Duke during his residency and research fellowship, his decision to go into surgical oncology, and how he ended up back at the UVA.
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1 Interview (1 transcript) and 25.0 MB
Collection ID:
OH.SLINGLUFFC

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Scope and content:

Includes 1 oral history interview with Dr. Craig L. Slingluff Jr. conducted on April 18, 2021 by Dr. Justin Barr as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project.

In the April 18, 2021 interview, Slingluff discusses his early life, education, why he decided to join the medical profession, how he came to Duke for his residency, his memories of Sabiston, recollections of the people he worked with at Duke during his residency and research fellowship, his decision to go into surgical oncology, and how he ended up back at the University of Virginia.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Craig L. Slingluff Jr., MD, grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He graduated from high school from Norfolk Academy in 1976. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia (UVA) (1980) and his medical degree from the UVA School of Medicine (1984) in Charlottesville, Virginia. He completed his Residency in Surgery at Duke University Hospital from 1984-1991, as well as a Research Fellowship in the Department of Surgery at Duke.

Slingluff is the Joseph Helms Farrow Professor of Surgery at UVA Health, where he serves as the Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery, Director of the UVA Cancer Center Human Immune Therapy Center, and Co-Chair of the Melanoma Committee of ECOG. He has 20 years of experience as a surgical oncologist and as an independent investigator in cancer immunology and immunotherapy, all at UVA.

His research work includes laboratory studies and clinical trials, focused primarily on developing melanoma vaccines and combination immunotherapy, with extensive correlative studies. Since 1996, he has run 19 investigator-initiated clinical trials, most of which have been for melanoma vaccines, especially involving melanoma peptides. These studies have all included intensive immunologic correlates based on evaluating immunologic response in multiple tissue compartments. A major focus of his work now is on characterizing the metastatic melanoma microenvironment, especially including the molecular mediators of immune dysfunction versus tumor rejection.

As a surgical oncologist, he facilitates collection of human tumor tissue for research, and has collected a large human tissue resource for ongoing and future correlative studies. This includes tumor microarrays linked to clinical outcome data. He is dedicated to development of new technologies and therapies for melanoma and other cancers.

Slingluff has mentored over 20 research fellows and he has been funded continuously by the National Cancer Institute for 20 years for his work in translational and clinical research. He has been on the "Best Doctors in America List" since 2011 and in 2015 was named "One of America's Top Cancer Doctors" by "Newsweek" magazine.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2021.094 (transferred by Mary-Russell Roberson, November 2021)
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Processed by Lucy Waldrop: December 2021

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Organized into the following series: Interview, April 18, 2021.
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[Identification of item], Craig L. Slingluff Jr. Oral History Interview, Duke University Medical Center Archives.