As Director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC), Dr. Kraft oversees all major scientific, clinical, and administrative matters as they relate to cancer. He has ultimate management authority over membership, facilities, budget, clinical operations, and recruitment initiation, in addition to establishing relationships with other institutions and setting strategic direction for the Center. His priority is to ensure that the UACC directly serves the state of Arizona in its efforts to reduce the cancer burden for all its residents. As Director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, he is working to strengthen collaborative team-oriented science, reach out to the diverse communities within the State, translate bench science to the clinic and grow the potential for personalized medicine.
Dr. Kraft has been the UACC Director since September of 2014. Prior to his arrival to the UACC, he served as the Director of the Hollings Cancer Center of the Medical University of South Carolina for 10 years. Under his leadership, the Hollings Cancer Center attained NCI Cancer Center status in 2009. As part of Dr. Kraft's leadership efforts, he worked to develop outreach efforts in reducing the cancer health disparities burden in the underserved populations of South Carolina.
One example of the ongoing outreach efforts is the Mobile Health Unit which provides cancer screening and education for prevention and early detection of cancer. Each year these units provide more than 2,000 free or low cost screenings, including mammograms, digital rectal exam, PSA, skin cancer detection, PAP and pelvic exams. In addition, Dr. Kraft has developed a Cancer Control program with a strong focus on tobacco control in underserved communities. As a Center, they worked hard to enact legislation in the State that would provide education about the HPV vaccine to families with school age children.
An accomplished prostate cancer researcher and developer of novel cancer drugs, Dr. Kraft is the principal investigator for numerous clinical trials aimed at finding new treatments and cures for cancer. His research has continuously been funded since 1990 by the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation. He has more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
2010: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Professorship, Netherlands Cancer Institute
2009: Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Oncology, Medical University of South Carolina, Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, South Carolina
2006: Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Oncology, Texas Tech University, Health Sciences Center
2003: Yamagiwa-Yoshida UICC International Grant
1997: Monfort Professor of Cancer Research
1996: French ARC Fellowship
1995: CaPCure Award
1989: Haddow Fellow, Chester Beatty Laboratory, London, United Kingdom
1989: Fogarty Fellow, Chester Beatty Laboratory, London, United Kingdom
American Society for Clinical Investigation
Association of American Physicians
American Association of Cancer Research
Southern Society of Clinical Investigations
Western Association of Physicians
American Society of Hematology
Charleston County Medical Society
American Society of Biologic Chemists