Robert Figlin, CST '70, named to Gallery of Success

A self-described “Philly boy,” a physician board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine, and prolific cancer researcher, Robert Figlin has been named to Temple University’s Gallery of Success. A collaboration of the Office of Alumni Relations and Career Center, the honor recognizes outstanding alumni for their inspiring success.

Figlin is Steven Spielberg Family Chair in Hematology- Oncology, director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology,and deputy director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.fter receiving a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and training in inorganic chemistry at Temple, Figlin earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

A nationally recognized leader in genitourinary and thoracic oncology, Figlin’s research focuses on renal cell carcinoma and thoracic malignancies. He established and directs the Kidney Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai, which aims to understand the biology of kidney cancer and translate that knowledge into novel treatment approaches. He was also a scientific founder of Agensys, an early-stage biotechnology company that develops novel cancer therapeutics.

In 2013, Figlin, with an initial gift of $50,000, established the Robert A. Figlin Family Research Award which supports CST scholarships for undergraduate juniors and seniors majoring in chemistry, physics, math or computer and information sciences. To date, six students have earned the award. Figlin also funds stipends for students in the college’s Science Scholars Program, which provides additional academic, research and career opportunities.