Mar 14, 2022 1:00 PM

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Ashlee Harrison, MPA

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah (U of U) announces Ashlee Harrison, MPA, as executive director of innovation and transformation.

The Innovation and Transformation Office supports Huntsman Cancer Institute’s efforts to advance bold new initiatives. The office works with intention to shape culture, support long-term planning, take on new challenges with agility, and accelerate Huntsman Cancer Institute’s progress toward its vision of a cancer-free frontier. Harrison will serve as a key partner to leaders as Huntsman Cancer Institute works to accelerate its impact in service of patients and the community.

Harrison has served at Huntsman Cancer Institute for 14 years. For the past five years, she has overseen the communications and public affairs teams, working in partnership with Huntsman Cancer Foundation, U of U Health, and many others to implement a communications strategy via internal communications, web development, media relations, public relations, in-house design, and more. She serves as the government relations liaison for Huntsman Cancer Institute, facilitating engagement with key elected officials in the state and region and advancing policy priorities aligned with our mission. She received her master of public administration at the University of Southern California and a bachelor of science in economics at the University of Utah. Prior to her role at Huntsman Cancer Institute, she served on the staff of United States Senator Orrin Hatch in Washington, D.C.

“Ashlee is a dynamic and dedicated leader who is passionately committed to Huntsman Cancer Institute’s mission, vision, and culture,” says Mary Beckerle, PhD, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO. “I am confident she will lead the innovation and transformation efforts with agility and determination to move even faster toward Huntsman Cancer Institute’s vision of a cancer-free frontier.”

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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 and the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West. The campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital, and two buildings dedicated to cancer research. HCI provides patient care, cancer screening, and education at community clinics and affiliate hospitals throughout the Mountain West. HCI is consistently recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The region’s first proton therapy center opened in 2021 and a major hospital expansion is underway. HCI is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for staff, students, patients, and communities. Advancing cancer research discoveries and treatments to meet the needs of patients who live far away from a major medical center is a unique focus. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at HCI than at any other cancer center, including genes responsible for breast, ovarian, colon, head and neck cancers, and melanoma. HCI was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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