Harold Moses ’58

Dr. Harold “Hal” Moses is a graduate of Berea College and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He was chair of the department of cell biology at Vanderbilt for 13 years, and is now the acting chair of the department of cancer biology. He is the director emeritus of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, which he founded and led for twelve years.

Dr. Moses served as president of two national organizations, the American Association for Cancer Research and the Association of American Cancer Institutes. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and was founding chair of the National Cancer Policy Forum of the Institute of Medicine from 2005-2011. Trained as a pathologist, Dr. Moses has devoted much of his career to basic research on growth factors and tumor suppressor genes, and he has led a laboratory funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 50 years.

Many of his 66 past trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) are highly successful holding high positions in academic medicine. He has received many awards for his research, including the American Association for Cancer Research Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Award, and been elected Fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy. He is the chair of the Board of Trustees of Berea College.