Swedish Cancer Institute Names New Executive Director after National Search

January 31, 2013

By Swedish News

SEATTLE, Jan. 31, 2013 – Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) recently announced the appointment of Thomas D. Brown, M.D., MBA, as its new executive director. Dr. Brown will join SCI March 16.

In his new role, Dr. Brown’s main responsibilities will include overseeing the Institute’s Swedish-based program and network development; leading SCI’s vision, strategy, planning, advocacy and execution work; furthering relationship development with the Providence Health & Services network; organizing and leading efforts to reposition SCI for health-care reform; overseeing the Institute’s clinical research efforts and advanced technology initiatives; as well as championing SCI’s fund-raising efforts.

Dr. Brown comes to Swedish from the University of Arizona, where he served as professor of medicine and chief operating officer of the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Prior to that, he was a professor and vice president at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and while on the faculty at Duke University led development of the multi-disciplinary GI cancer program and a regional, community-based clinical trial consortium.

He holds an MBA from Rice University. A graduate of the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Brown completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Florida and a fellowship in medical oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Brown’s clinical practice and research focus has been on therapeutic development in gastrointestinal malignancies. His professional and academic interests include health-care policy and international health-care delivery systems.

Dr. Brown has served on numerous institutional, national and international committees and boards. Among numerous honors over his career Dr. Brown was selected as a Jones Scholar while at Rice University and has been selected for inclusion in Best Doctors of America since 1998.

“As the new executive director, Dr. Brown will focus on furthering the 81-year history and reputation of SCI as a leader in providing personalized cancer care with a research-driven, evidence-based, multidisciplinary, and disease-oriented model of patient care,” said Todd Strumwasser, M.D., Swedish senior vice president and chief operating officer. “He will help steward the development of a world-class cancer program, that is both cost effective and quality driven, but most importantly patient centered.”

About Swedish Cancer Institute

As a Seattle-area leader in diagnosis, treatment and recovery since 1932, Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) network offers services to help fight cancer and win. The SCI team includes a host of oncologists and clinicians – all focused exclusively on the care and treatment of cancer patients, using medication, radiation and other therapies. At community-based cancer care centers throughout the Greater Seattle area (First Hill, Ballard, Edmonds, Issaquah and Des Moines), a comprehensive network of SCI-affiliated cancer care providers work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment to focus on the patient – not the disease. And even though SCI provides patients access to some of the most advanced technologies and procedures – as well as the latest clinical research trials – it also offers a wide range of complementary treatments and services that address patients’ psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. For more information, visit www.swedish.org/cancer.

About Swedish

Founded in 1910, Swedish is the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org.

About Providence Health & Services

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic health care ministry committed to providing for the needs of the communities it serves – especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012, Providence affiliated with Swedish Health Services, expanding both organizations’ ability to carry out their individual missions. With this affiliation, the combined scope of services includes 32 hospitals, 350 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services across five states – Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington – with its system office located in Renton, Wash. For more information, visit www.providence.org.


Media Coverage

  • To read a related article posted Feb. 1 on the Puget Sound Business Journal web site, click here.