Swedish Medical Center Welcomes Dr. Charles Cobbs

Swedish Medical Center Welcomes Dr. Charles Cobbs

SEATTLE — Aug. 15, 2013 — Swedish, the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in the greater Seattle area, announced today that Dr. Charles S. Cobbs will lead The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment (Ivy Center) at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute as its new director. The Ivy Center was founded on a mission to combine research science with medical treatments to advance the field of brain cancer and to give new hope to each person diagnosed with the disease.

Dr. Cobbs is a neurosurgeon and internationally recognized expert in brain cancer treatment and research. He was personally selected for this role by Dr. Greg Foltz, the inaugural director and founder of the Ivy Center, who passed away on June 27, 2013 from pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Cobbs received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed a neurosurgical residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he also served a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular neuro-oncology.

“I want to help my patients by providing top-quality treatment, while at the same time working toward the ultimate goal: a cure for brain cancer. There’s no better place for this type of work than at the Ivy Center,” said Dr. Cobbs. “I am honored and excited to work alongside the Ivy Center team and continue the world-class work started by Dr. Foltz—a true pioneer in the fight against brain cancer.”

Dr. Cobbs comes to Swedish following his work as associate clinical professor at the UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery, staff neurosurgeon at California Pacific Medical Center and scientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute.

His neurosurgical expertise and innovative laboratory practices have contributed to revolutionary discoveries in the understanding of brain cancer. He recently made an influential breakthrough, which posed the possibility that brain tumors may be caused by a virus. Consequent research laid the foundation for new studies throughout the United States. 

Just prior to passing away, Dr. Foltz said that he was confident in the center’s future under his handpicked successor, Dr. Cobbs. He also noted that the extensive Ivy Center research team, which Dr. Cobbs will oversee, has helped establish the program as the preeminent brain tumor clinic in the Pacific Northwest.

More information on Dr. Cobbs and the Ivy Center is available at www.swedish.org/ivycenter. The Ivy Center was created in 2008 through a grant from The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation, based in Scottsdale, Ariz. (www.IvyFoundation.org).

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About The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment

Opened in 2008, The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment gives brain-tumor patients and their family’s access to a unique multidisciplinary team of skilled neurosurgeons, oncologists, radiologists, and a specialized nursing staff to deliver coordinated care and innovative treatments for both benign and malignant brain tumors. The Ivy Center’s unique design places its world-class research facility directly adjacent to the outpatient clinic, providing patients with immediate access to promising new therapies. As part of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute located in Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill Campus, the Ivy Center is the first brain tumor-specific, community-based facility of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and is providing new hope for patients with all stages of brain tumors, including brain cancer.

About Swedish

Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.

Swedish is affiliated with Providence Health & Services, which is a Catholic, not-for-profit organization founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1856 with 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics and more than 64,000 employees across five states. Based in Renton, Wash., Providence Health & Services provides strategic and management services to integrated health-care systems in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington state. For more information, visit www.providence.org.

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