COSAM News Articles 2020 June Microbiology Alumnus Becomes Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology, University of Washington and Joint Assistant Professor, Clinical Research, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Microbiology Alumnus Becomes Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology, University of Washington and Joint Assistant Professor, Clinical Research, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
“I am not at all surprised that William has found his place in academic medicine,” explained Gwin’s former professor Lawrence Wit. “I fondly remember the days when William would just drop by the office for a chat. Whether it was physiology or philosophy, William would always probe beyond the obvious and seek new vistas and deeper understanding. He equally blends a great mind with a compassionate spirit – qualities which will stand him well as he tests novel therapeutics for cancer patients and trains the next generation of medical professionals.”
William R. Gwin, III, graduated from Auburn University in 2002 as a microbiology major. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in 2006.
Gwin has accepted a new position as an assistant professor at the University of Washington where he will directly be able to make an impact.
“I am thrilled with the position in Medical Oncology at the University of Washington/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center where I will be teaching internal medicine residents and oncology fellows about the management and care of patients with early and advanced stage breast cancer,” Gwin shared.
Gwin will be able to continue to work with patients, teach and conduct research.
“This position allows me to pursue my career goals of treating cancer patients while also advancing the treatment options of my cancer patients through clinical trial development of new immune based therapies. I am also a junior faculty member of the Cancer Vaccine Institute at UW where our clinical trials involve the use of cancer vaccines (to either prevent cancer recurrence or treat ongoing cancer) and other immune modulatory therapies to treat metastatic disease,” he added.
For students seeking a career in medicine, Gwin shared this advice.
“Follow your passion and work hard,” he said. “I have found time and time again that hard work and persistence pays off. Medical school is a grueling four years, but looking back I would love to sit in on some of those classes again. Residency is stressful and all-consuming of your time, but ultimately rewarding.”
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