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Dr. John Ensley appointed professor emeritus in Karmanos' Oncology Department

John Ensley, M.S., M.D., F.A.C.P., professor of Oncology at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, has received the appointment of professor emeritus in the Department of Oncology. The appointment was effective upon his retirement Aug. 1. 

Dr. Ensley has a long and distinguished professional history with Karmanos and Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU SOM). He most recently served as chief of the Head and Neck Cancer Section, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine at Karmanos and WSU SOM.  

He also served as professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Medicine, with continuing tenure, in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology at Karmanos and WSU SOM. Additionally, he served as an adjunct professor in Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiation Oncology, and was a member of the graduate faculty with the Cancer Biology Program at Karmanos and WSU SOM. 

Dr. Ensley received his medical degree from WSU SOM, where he also served his internship, residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine. He began his teaching career in the Department of Biology at Wayne State University in 1971 and also taught at Wayne County Community College, Madonna University and Marygrove College. 

Anthony Shields, M.D., Ph.D., associate center director of Clinical Sciences at Karmanos, characterizes Dr. Ensley as an innovator in developing treatments for a group of cancers expected to affect more than 40,000 people and kill more than 8,000 people in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society.

“Dr. Ensley was instrumental in developing novel approaches to the treatment of head and neck cancer that combined chemotherapy and radiation, and when necessary surgery, to improve the cure rate of this deadly group of diseases,” Dr. Shields said. “Approaches that Dr. Ensley and colleagues tested at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University were then validated by national studies that he helped to lead.”

We congratulate Dr. Ensley on the new appointment and hopes he enjoys his retirement.

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