Oct 24, 2022 10:00 AM

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Author: Avery Shrader


Jason Hunt, MD, FACS
Jason Hunt, MD, FACS

Jason Hunt, MD, FACS, clinical director of head and neck surgical oncology at Huntsman Cancer Institute, has been named the interim chair of the University of Utah Health (U of U Health) Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS). The new department will continue to promote collaboration and research between Huntsman Cancer Institute and U of U Health.

Hunt began his new role on October 1, 2022. He has been with Huntsman Cancer Institute since 2006, specializing in melanoma, thyroid cancer, and throat cancer. Hunt served as medical director of Huntsman Cancer Institute operating rooms. His colleagues appreciate his leadership and passion for patient-centered care in all his roles.

“Dr. Hunt is a fantastic leader,” says Sachin Apte, MD, MS, MBA, chief clinical officer and physician-in-chief at Huntsman Cancer Institute. “His new role will foster collaboration, research, and clinical innovation throughout Huntsman Cancer Institute and U of U Health.”

“All members of OHNS are excited for this transition and look forward to continued growth and success in all of our missions,” says Hunt. “This achievement was made possible by all the members of our group and their dedication to patient care, education, and discovery. I couldn’t be happier for all our faculty, staff, and trainees. I am honored and humbled to lead such an amazing team of accomplished individuals as interim chair.”

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About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah and the only National Cancer Institute-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. Huntsman Cancer Institute provides patient care, cancer screening, and education at community clinics and affiliate hospitals throughout the Mountain West. It 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. Huntsman Cancer Institute 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 Huntsman Cancer Institute than at any other cancer center, including genes responsible for breast, ovarian, colon, head and neck cancers, and melanoma. Huntsman Cancer Institute was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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