The University of Hawaii Cancer Center, which has been the subject of much political infighting and academic unrest, will be absorbed into the school’s medical school.

John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean Jerris Hedges made the announcement in a Feb. 12 message to faculty and staff, saying the hope would be to “strengthen both critically important entities so that they are able to serve Hawaii for generations to come.”

UH Cancer Center in Honolulu, HI.  1.14.14

The University of Hawaii Cancer Center will now be part of the medical school.

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Hedges’ letter notes that UH-Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman was behind the change and that a business plan was being developed for stakeholders, including state lawmakers and the Board of Regents.

“I am asking for everyone’s help and assistance during this very challenging time,” Hedges said, “but I want to remind all of you that we are committed to our mission of providing the best medical care possible for the people of Hawaii.”

The Cancer Center has been in the news a lot the past year after its director, Michele Carbone abruptly resigned amid numerous complaints from faculty that he violated academic freedom and was a divisive manager. Carbone was the subject of dozens of grievances.

Former UH-Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple also blamed Carbone and the politics surrounding the Cancer Center for his termination last fall.

You can read Hedges’ letter here:

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