Dr. Ralph H. Hruban
Ralph H. Hruban is a Professor of Pathology and Oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and his Doctor of Medicine from The Johns Hopkins University. He continued at Johns Hopkins for his residency training, spent one year as a Fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and then returned to Johns Hopkins to join the Faculty in 1990. Dr. Hruban is currently the Director of The Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, and Director of the Division of Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathology. The pancreatic cancer research team at Johns Hopkins has made many of the fundamental advances in our understanding of pancreatic cancer over the last decade, including the demonstration that pancreatic cancer is fundamentally a genetic disease. Dr. Hruban has written over 500 scientific papers, 80 book chapters and reviews, and five books. His research contributions include the characterization of PanINs, the precursor lesions that give rise to invasive pancreatic cancer. He is recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information as a Highly Cited Researcher, and by Essential Science Indicators as the most highly cited pancreatic cancer scientist- designations given to the most highly influential scientists. In addition to his research efforts, he founded The National Familial Pancreas Tumor Registry at Johns Hopkins and helped create the Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Web Page, http://pathology.jhu.edu/pancreas.