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Nationally Recognized Oncologist to Lead Aurora Health Care's Cancer Services
Date:4/2/2009

MILWAUKEE, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Aurora Health Care has appointed a nationally recognized cancer expert, Joseph Mirro Jr., M.D., as vice president of cancer services.

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Dr. Mirro comes to Aurora from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, where he served as executive vice president of physician relations and domestic affiliates. Prior to that, he was chief medical officer and director of quality improvement at the hospital. Since 1998, he also has been professor of pediatrics and vice chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee's College of Medicine in Memphis.

In his new role at Aurora, Dr. Mirro will support and enhance Aurora's cancer services program and its partnerships with academic institutions, working with the health system's regional cancer leaders.

Aurora is a leader in cancer care, caring for more cancer patients than any other health system in Wisconsin. Aurora was the first in Wisconsin to offer the CyberKnife, a form of radiosurgery that requires no incisions, and DaVinci robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer. Aurora also is home to some of the nation's leading cancer research through its collaborations with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the latest treatments for gynecologic cancer and advanced melanoma. And with Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinics throughout eastern Wisconsin, residents have many other cancer services available close to home.

"I was attracted to Aurora because of the depth and breadth of its cancer services across eastern Wisconsin, and I am eager to help shape the future of cancer care at Aurora," Dr. Mirro said. "The fact that Aurora Health Care is a truly integrated health care s
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