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Baselga Resigns

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's José Baselga has resigned as its chief medical officer, the New York Times reports.

Earlier this week, the Times, in collaboration with ProPublica, reported that Baselga failed to disclose millions of dollars in financial ties to drug and healthcare companies in a number of research articles. They estimated that Baselga didn't disclose those relationships about 60 percent of the time.

In his resignation letter to Craig Thompson, MSKCC's chief executive, Baselga expressed concern that the matter would take away from his ability to oversee clinical care at MSKCC, according to the Times.

The Times previously reported that Baselga planned to correct his conflict of interest statements for 17 articles and it now reports that he has submitted some changes to journals. In his letter, Baselga said he took "full responsibility for failing to make appropriate disclosures in scientific and medical journals and at professional meetings."

"It is my hope that this situation will inspire a doubling down on transparency in our field," Baselga wrote in his resignation letter, according to the Times.

Baselga's resignation took immediate effect, though he would be staying for two weeks to help the transition, an MSKCC spokesperson tells the Times.

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