PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/-- The Varian MedicalSystems, Inc. (NYSE: VAR) Board of Directors today regrets to report the deathof its member Steve A. Leibel, MD, in Hawaii earlier this week. Leibel, whowas newly appointed to the Varian board in October, 2007, was professor ofradiation oncology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the Annand John Doerr Medical Director of the Stanford Cancer Center. He was 61.
"We are deeply saddened by this sudden and tragic loss of our friend andcolleague," said Richard M. Levy, chairman of the board for Varian MedicalSystems. "Steve was one of the world's great leaders in radiation oncologyand cancer treatment. We worked closely with him and he offered us invaluableadvice over the years on how we could improve our products to help hispatients. He was among a group who gave us the guidance needed to developproducts for IMRT (intensity modulated radiation therapy) which is now raisingthe standard of care for patients around the world. Steve's considerableexpertise and experience added an important dimension to our board. He was awonderful human being, and he will be greatly missed both personally andprofessionally. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Margy, and hisfamily."
Leibel was the medical director of the Stanford Cancer Center andprofessor of oncology at the Stanford University Medical School since 2004.He also served as associate director of clinical research and care at theStanford Cancer Center since 2005. Prior to joining Stanford, Leibel servedas chairman of the radiation oncology department at Memorial Sloan-KetteringCancer Center in New York. He was on the medical staffs at Mercy MedicalCenter in New York, Phelps Memorial Hospital in New York, St. Clare's Hospitalin New Jersey, the University of California at San Francisco, Letterman ArmyMedical Center in San Francisco, and the Johns Hopkins University School ofMedicine. Leibel also taught at the University of California in San Franciscoand The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Leibel earned his M.D.degree at the University of California, San Francisco in 1972 and a B.S.degree in Human Biology at Michigan State University in 1970.
Information about a memorial tribute to Leibel's life is pending.
Varian Medical Systems, Inc., of Palo Alto, California, is the world'sleading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer andother medical conditions with radiotherapy, radiosurgery, proton therapy, andbrachytherapy. The company supplies informatics software for managingcomprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncologypractices. Varian is a premier supplier of tubes and digital detectors forX-ray imaging in medical, scientific, and industrial applications and alsosupplies X-ray imaging products for cargo screening and industrial inspection.Varian Medical Systems employs approximately 4,400 people who are located atmanufacturing sites in North America and Europe and approximately 60 sales andsupport offices around the world. For more information, visithttp://www.varian.com.
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