Dr. David Boothman

Dr. David Boothman, a top cancer researcher recently recruited from the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, has been appointed to the Robert B. and Virginia Payne Professorship in Oncology.

Dr. Boothman, an internationally recognized scientist, is a professor in the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and professor of pharmacology and radiation oncology.

He is an expert on cellular responses to cell stress, including DNA damage, caused by ionizing radiation. Because ionizing radiation is a major therapeutic choice in the treatment of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers, he has directed much of his research to studying human cancers and the development of more effective cancer therapeutics.

Dr. James Willson, associate dean for oncology programs and director of the Simmons Center, recruited Dr. Boothman previously when he was director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center prior to joining the UT Southwestern faculty. Dr. Boothman, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami, served as associate director of the Case Center.

In Dallas Dr. Boothman will work with longtime Case colleague Dr. Jinming Gao, who recently joined the UT Southwestern faculty as associate professor in the Simmons Center and of pharmacology. Dr. Gao, who has a joint appointment as associate professor of chemistry at UT Dallas, is an expert on nanotechnology and seeks to develop new types of nanoparticles, human-made molecular structures, to deliver therapeutic agents Dr. Boothman is developing cancer targets in the body.