Dec 20, 2019 12:00 AM

Don Milligan, MBA

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics (UUHC) announced Don Milligan, MBA, will serve as the new executive director of the HCI Cancer Hospital.

Milligan has more than 25 years of management experience in health care, 22 of which have been in leadership roles at U of U Health and HCI. As HCI Cancer Hospital executive director, Milligan will serve as the senior administrator with oversight of all operational aspects of the clinical cancer programs.

“Don has been a steady force in the development of our exceptional health system which has been in Vizient’s Top 10 Academic Medical Centers for Quality for a full decade now,” says Gordon Crabtree, CEO of UUHC. “On behalf of all of our leaders and staff, I congratulate Don and know he will continue to bring his steadfast commitment to the role of the Cancer Hospital executive director.”

Mary Beckerle, PhD, HCI CEO says, “Don is someone who is known by all who work with him to have a deep commitment to HCI’s mission, working tirelessly to ensure that every step we take at HCI puts the patient first. I am so pleased to see him in this leadership role, knowing that HCI’s clinical cancer programs remain in highly capable hands.”

In carrying forward a longstanding tradition of collaboration and partnership, Milligan will serve on executive leadership committees for both HCI and UUHC. Milligan will ensure full integration of research and care in clinical programs at HCI, collaborating closely with John Ward, MD, HCI interim Physician-in-Chief. Milligan succeeds Ben Tanner, MPH, who retired earlier this month.

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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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