Previous NCI Directors

Since its establishment in 1937, the National Cancer Institute has had 15 directors.

Name Entered Office Departed Office

Norman E. Sharpless

October 17, 2017

April 5, 2019

Harold E. Varmus

July 12, 2010

March 31, 2015

John E. Niederhuber

September 15, 2006

July 12, 2010

Andrew C. von Eschenbach

January 22, 2002

June 10, 2006

Richard D. Klausner

August 1, 1995

September 30, 2001

Samuel Broder

December 22, 1988

April 1, 1995

Vincent T. DeVita, Jr.

July 9, 1980

September 1, 1988

Arthur Canfield Upton

July 29, 1977

December 31, 1980

Frank Joesph Rauscher, Jr.

May 5, 1972

November 1, 1976

Carl Gwin Baker

July 13, 1970

May 5, 1972

Kenneth Millo Endicott

July 1, 1960

November 10, 1969

John Roderick Heller

May 15, 1948

July 1, 1960

Leonard Andrew Scheele

July 1, 1947

April 6, 1948

Roscoe Roy Spencer

August 1, 1943

July 1, 1947

Carl Voegtlin

January 13, 1938

July 31, 1943

  • Updated: April 3, 2019