Speaker Moore Congratulates UNC’s Sharpless on Appointment to Lead NCI

Raleigh, N.C.  – North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) congratulated Norman E. (Ned) Sharpless, MD, director of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, for his impending appointment as the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) director by President Donald J. Trump. 

President Trump’s announcement that he intends to appoint Dr. Sharpless, who is the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research at UNC, to the key post of NCI director drew praise from North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore:

“Dr. Sharpless is one of the finest cancer researchers in the world and an excellent choice by President Trump to lead the nation’s premiere health agency for oncology and the pursuit of a cure for cancer,” Moore said.

A North Carolina native, Morehead-Cain Scholar and graduate of the UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Sharpless would represent our state and university system with the highest distinction as director of the National Cancer Institute. “

I am proud to congratulate Dr. Sharpless for earning this opportunity and appreciate his dedicated service to UNC, to groundbreaking cancer research and to patients across North Carolina as a renowned scientist, clinician and doctor.” 

Dr. Sharpless is a native of Greensboro, NC and conducts world-renowned research on the suppression of cancerous cells and tumors that develop from normal, aging cells.  He is an attending hematologist oncologist at N.C. Cancer Hospital, the home of UNC Lineberger’s network of clinical laboratories and treatment centers.

Speaker Moore was appointed to the UNC Board of Governors in 1997 at age 26 and received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.