Director of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) – Swedish Cancer Institute

Seattle, WA

Director of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) – Swedish Cancer Institute

Director of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) – Swedish Cancer Institute
Leadership, Oncology, Cancer, Medical Oncology, Hematology / Oncology, Leadership – Division Chief, Clinical Trials, Clinical Research, Principal Investigator, CLL, CAR T-cell
Seattle, WA

Position Overview

The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) is recruiting an accomplished Hematologist-Oncologist to lead and further develop established clinical and clinical research programs in the diagnosis and treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL).

SCI focuses treatment of all blood related diseases at the Center for Blood Disorders and Stem Cell Transplantation where a team of renowned specialists offer cutting-edge therapies, novel immunotherapies and stem cell transplantation, while providing access to a wide range of clinical trials. The center is active in SCI’s personalized medicine program, using gene sequencing of the patient’s unique tumor to understand which treatment would be best for each individual patient.

SCI is devoted to providing cancer patients with the most comprehensive treatment options and innovative therapies available, and is the largest NCI designated NCORP site, with over 41 participating affiliates across multiple states for this 13 million, 6 year grant. In 2019 Swedish was awarded a “Platinum Certificate of Excellence” for our Treatment & Cancer Control Trials high enrollment. Enjoy outstanding quality of life in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Ideal candidate qualifications and attributes

  • Full-time leadership position, requiring board certification in Hematology or Medical Oncology
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience beyond fellowship training, relevant clinical trial development and leadership in CLL medical oncology is highly preferred
  • This position is anticipated to be clinically-based, with the potential for pre-clinical collaborations with a range of research partners in Seattle and beyond
  • The ideal candidate will have expertise in the design and conduct of early phase therapeutic trials in CLL medical oncology, translational research and molecular oncology, along with a record of successful grant and/or contract support for clinical research

How to Apply

The Swedish Health System has retained the services of Academic Med to assist with this strategically important recruitment effort. Academic Med is a national leader in executive search and physician recruitment for academic medical centers and academically oriented “Priva-Demic Health Systems” across the U.S. The search is being led by Academic Med’s Principal, Gentry Zacheis and Managing Director, Jim Hagood.

Please forward inquiries, nominations, and/or questions to:

Jim Hagood
Managing Director, Academic Med

Position Specifics

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Swedish Cancer Institute

The Swedish Cancer Institute is one of the premier cancer care and clinical research centers in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1932, it provides access to more than 150 Swedish-affiliated oncologists and oncology surgeons throughout the region. With a robust clinical trials program and an environment open to new drug treatments, technology and clinical applications, the Swedish Cancer Institute is a hub of innovation. Support services, including art and music therapy, ensure holistic patient care.

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Cancer Research at SCI

The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) is one of the leading clinical trial sites in the western United States. With more than 100 available studies at any given time involving most types of cancer, a clinical trial could be one part of your personalized treatment plan.

Clinical cancer research is a vital component of the Swedish Cancer Institute. The Swedish Cancer Institute’s research division works closely with other medical and research organizations, as well as pharmaceutical and biotech companies. It offers clinical trials through a wide variety of organizations, such as the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG); the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU); the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG); the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG); the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP); and Swedish’s own physician-initiated research.

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Swedish Cancer Institute Leads the Way
Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) physician investigators and research partners are at the leading edge of the clinical trials stage of the research process. Swedish is one of the leading clinical trial sites in the western United States and is actively involved in hundreds of ongoing clinical trials involving most types of cancer. SCI is often the only site in the Pacific Northwest—and sometimes the first in the world—to participate in many clinical trials.

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Center for Lung Research in Honor of Wayne Gittinger

Since opening in 2016, the Center for Lung Research in Honor of Wayne Gittinger has served as a regional hub for research and education in pulmonary health. In addition to fueling innovative clinical research on lung cancer screening, pleural disease and advanced malignancy; the program focuses on mentorship of tomorrow’s top clinicians and researchers in the field.

The Center for Lung Research in Honor of Wayne Gittinger is a clinical research program based within the Department of Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Washington. The leadership team is comprised of researchers and clinicians who specialize in lung cancer screening, pleural disease, and the management and palliation of advanced malignancy. This close relationship between clinical problems and research questions foster a unique and thriving multidisciplinary collaboration. The goal and mission of the program is to improve the lives of patients and their access to care. At its core the program provides:

  • Infrastructure and support for collaborative clinical research
  • Mentorship and research opportunities promoting active research and support for the next generation of clinician researchers and research scientists
  • Opportunities for clinicians and other health care practitioners to actively engage with patients and clinical experts to improve patient care
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Swedish Center for Research & Innovation (SCRI)

The Swedish Center for Research and Innovation (SCRI) supports and administers research activities throughout the six Swedish campus locations. SCRI is one of the leading clinical trial sites in the western United States, and at any given time, there are more than 600 research studies being conducted by Swedish-affiliated clinicians and other investigators. In addition to participating in major federally funded programs Swedish physicians are involved in research studies of new treatment approaches for everything from coronary-artery disease to ovarian cancer to retinopathy. To support this work, Swedish employs numerous research staff including coordinators, scientists, interviewers and research nurses. Below are a few highlights of our research.

Through our centralized oversight mechanism we support the core research functions of Study coordination, financial oversight, risk management, federal grant administration (pre- and post-award),contract negotiation, feasibility and ethics review, clinical trial tracking and billing integration, regulatory compliance, investigator development and training.

Swedish Health System Impact

Swedish Health System

Swedish is a comprehensive health network with a long history of excellence. The Seattle-based system operates five hospitals with more than 1,500 beds, and more than 115 primary and specialty care clinics. Part of the Providence family, Swedish is world-renowned for its innovative and ground-breaking diagnoses, treatments and medical research at its five award-winning institutes: cancer, digestive health, heart and vascular, neuroscience and orthopedic. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of each person it serves.

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Where You’ll Live – Seattle, Washington

Seattle is the Pacific Northwest’s largest urban center, with a metro population of 3.25 million, and is home to world-class arts and entertainment, a robust economy and an outstanding school system. The city hugs Puget Sound and offers magnificent mountain views to the north, east and south. Home to the world’s biggest tech giants, Seattle offers some of the highest minimum wages in the country, along with a notable music and arts scene, outdoor lifestyle and amazing coffee.

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Seattle is a world-class city with many wonderful attractions.

The Seattle Center,  location of the 1962 World’s Fair, has become a premier destination for arts, entertainment and leisure activities.  The 74-acre campus is home to The Experience Music ProjectThe Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, and The Space Needle.

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Downtown Seattle hosts the Seattle Art MuseumThe Seattle Symphony, and Pike Place Market. Historic Pioneer Square is the destination for the Seattle Underground Tour, and is adjacent to CenturyLink Stadium and Safeco Field. More adventuresome travelers might want to take in some of these points of interest.

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The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. SCI will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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