Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has announced the hiring of Steve Stadum as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Stadum, currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute, will join Fred Hutchinson as a key member of President and Director Gary Gilliland, MD, PhD’s, staff on July 5.
Mr. Stadum said his years at OHSU and the Knight Institute and his upcoming role at Fred Hutchinson are not simply professional decisions. When he was 15, his father died of lung cancer. When he was 30, his mother died of breast cancer.
“It’s personal to me,” he said. “It’s a privilege to work in a place where, although I’m not going to find the cure, I can help bring together those who can. It makes my life much more meaningful.”
As Fred Hutchinson’s new COO, Mr. Stadum will be responsible for all operational activities of the research center, which employs more than 2,700 faculty and support staff.
He will oversee the relations between Fred Hutchinson and its Seattle Cancer Care Alliance partners—UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Mr. Stadum began working for OHSU 17 years ago, first as corporate counsel and then in a variety of administrative leadership roles before being appointed COO of the Knight Cancer Institute in 2010. He played a central role in securing $1 billion in financing to launch a large expansion of the Portland-based institute. ■