Sep 29, 2016 8:00 AM


Ben Tanner
Ben Tanner

SALT LAKE CITY—Officials at University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) today announced that Ben Tanner, Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI) current director of clinical operations and chief operating officer (COO) has been named the cancer hospital’s executive director, replacing Ray Lynch, who is retiring after 13 years of service. Tanner will assume his duties immediately.

Tanner has been COO of the cancer hospital for more than a decade. Prior to the hospital’s dedication in 2004 he was director of the oncology service line at UUHC. As COO, he oversaw the construction of the original cancer hospital in 2004, and a major expansion of the building in 2011.  In addition to operational planning for the cancer hospital’s growth, he is also credited with initiating the UUHC patient housing facility and the oncology outreach program.

“Along with Dr. John Sweetenham, HCI’s senior director of clinical affairs, Lynch and Tanner have overseen phenomenal growth,” said Mary Beckerle, PhD, HCI’s CEO and director. “In just a few short years, HCI’s clinical operations have grown from a few outpatient clinics to a 100-bed hospital with clinical operations exceeding 125,000 outpatient visits a year. Just this year, in fact, HCI was named one of the top 50 cancer hospitals in the country by US News & World Report. Their leadership, and that of UUHC, was key to obtaining this honor.”

“We are so pleased that Ben has accepted this well-deserved promotion and additional responsibility as he joins the senior leadership team at UUHC,” said Gordon Crabtree, interim chief executive officer of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. “We have every expectation that under Ben’s exceptional leadership, the skilled physicians and professionals at the cancer hospital will continue to provide exceptional cancer care to our community.”

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Public Relations – Huntsman Cancer Institute
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Cancer Center Research Program Experimental Therapeutics

About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah. The cancer campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital as well as two buildings dedicated to cancer research. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and is recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West, HCI serves the largest geographic region in the country, drawing patients from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at HCI than at any other cancer center in the world, including genes responsible for hereditary breast, ovarian, colon, head, and neck cancers, along with melanoma. HCI manages the Utah Population Database, the largest genetic database in the world, with information on more than 11 million people linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. HCI was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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