Komen Chair Steps Down

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The President's Cancer Panel chairman, Dr. LaSalle Leffall Jr., says Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, that he feels Mississippi is a place that could have great impact on tobacco control, during a session break in Jackson, Miss. The panel visits four cities a year, holding daylong discussions to gather information about different aspects of cancer, including treatment and prevention. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The chairman of the Susan G. Komen foundation is stepping down following the departures of several other high-ranking executives within the charity. Harvard University surgeon LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., 81, is leaving to focus on his duties as provost of Harvard, a Komen spokeswoman told The Washington Post, though Leffall declined to comment. Leffal's decision comes three days after the CEO of Komen's powerhouse New York City affiliate resigned, a sign of further fallout within the charity in the wake of its decision to defund—and then refund—Planned Parenthood. Other departures include three officials from Komen's Dallas headquarters, as well as CEOs of affiliate groups.