Head and neck surgeon Michael Kupferman, M.D., shares what drives his work to end cancer here and beyond

Michael Kupferman, M.D., first came to MD Anderson in 2004 as a young head and neck surgeon. Today, he continues to perform surgeries, while also helping bring MD Anderson’s expertise to other communities across the country and around the world, as the senior vice president for clinical and academic network development. We interviewed him recently to find out more: who inspires him, how he deals with stress and what he hopes to accomplish in his current role. What word best describes you? Inquisitive. What brought you to MD Anderson? I was recruited by Randy Weber, M.D., as a fellow in Head and Neck Surgery. I met Dr. Weber when he was on staff at Penn (The University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine) and I was a third-year medical student. He’s been my mentor and friend since then. What’s your biggest challenge? Communicating the achievements of our MD Anderson Cancer Network® domestically and internationally. What do you want patients to know about the MD Anderson Cancer Network? The MD Anderson Cancer Network® advances our mission of ending cancer through collaborations with community hospitals and health systems to improve the quality of care nationwide. The network provides members with services ranging from quality assurance and best practice guidelines to full clinical integration. The network has successfully brought the “magic” and expertise of MD Anderson to other communities, improving the care of patients with cancer across the country. Internationally, our institution has had a remarkable impact on low-resource environments through novel educational, cancer screening and prevention programs. Where do you see the network in the next five (or 10) years? I...