publication date: Sep. 20, 2019

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Fred Hutch’s Gilliland to step down in 2020 as part of what he sees as generational change 

Incoming Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center President, Gary Gilliland, photographed on Nov. 5, 2014, in Seattle, Wash.

D. Gary Gilliland

President and director,

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 


D. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, plans to step down in 2020, the cancer center announced Sept. 17. 

Gilliland, who has run Fred Hutch since 2015, will become president emeritus and director emeritus after leading the center through transition to new leadership.

Gilliland, a blood cancer physician-scientist by training, is the fifth Fred Hutch president and director since the center opened in 1975.

“In order to address the opportunities and challenges ahead of us, the Hutch and other organizations like ours will benefit greatly from a focus on diversity,” Gilliland said to The Cancer Letter. “Cancer and related diseases impact everyone across cultures, genders, circumstances and geography.

“Bringing more diversity to the field is somewhat of a moral imperative that I feel quite strongly about. I’m proud of the steps the Hutch has made in this direction—four of the five leaders of our scientific divisions are women—I still believe, however, we have a ways to go.

“I also believe in the power of technology—in particular, the … Continue reading Fred Hutch’s Gilliland to step down in 2020 as part of what he sees as generational change

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