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Dr. Tom Lynch, President and Director, Fred Hutch
Dr. Tom Lynch

From Our President and Director

Dr. Thomas J. Lynch Jr. is a world-renowned scientist, highly respected oncologist and successful leader of National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Dr. Lynch sets the strategic direction of the center, oversees centerwide initiatives and represents the Hutch’s interests to major partners and governmental bodies. He also directs the Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium and is principal investigator of its Cancer Center Support Grant.
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Take a look behind the scenes in the Kugel Lab at Fred Hutch, where researchers are exploring new ways to treat an aggressive subtype of pancreatic cancer.

Take a look behind the scenes of the Chapuis Lab at Fred Hutch.

President & Director and holder of the Raisbeck Endowed Chair Dr. Tom Lynch visits the lab of Dr. Meghan Koch in Fred Hutch's Basic Sciences Division, where researchers looks to answer fundamental questions about the development of the immune system.

Fred Hutch Director and President Dr. Thomas Lynch Jr. visits the Newell Lab to see how immunotherapy research and data science come together in the Steam Plant.

Fred Hutch President & Director Dr. Thomas J. Lynch Jr. visits the Berger Lab to meet the staff and see what the lab is working on.

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center opening day event on April 1, 2022, featuring remarks from Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Thomas J. Lynch Jr., board chair Kathy Surace-Smith, UW Medicine CEO Dr. Paul Ramsey, Fred Hutch Executive Vice President and Deputy Director Dr. Bruce Clurman, and Fred Hutch Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Terry McDonnell.

Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Tom Lynch shares partnerships in 2021 that fueled important new scientific strides — and what we see in 2022.

Dr. Tom Lynch spoke with Drs. Alice Berger, Lucas Sullivan and Christopher Li at Fred Hutch's Science Says virtual event on May 25, 2022, about how emerging technologies and a growing volume and variety of molecular data are allowing scientists to create personalized cancer therapies and prevention strategies.

Dr. Tom Lynch tours the Emerman Lab with Dr. Emerman — learns more hear about the efforts to find insights into effective cellular antiviral defenses could also shed light on avenues for development of potential future antiretroviral therapies for HIV and COVID.

They’re Here To Save Your Life

Seattle Magazine featured Fred Hutch scientists Drs. Phil Greenberg, Denise Galloway, E. Gabriela Chiorean and Petros Grivas in an article about doctors who continue to make Seattle a hotbed of cancer research and treatment.

Seattle Magazine
June 20, 2022

Can these drugs stop a COVID infection in its tracks? Seattle researchers are on the forefront of new treatments

Dr. Liz Duke explained a study of antivirals to prevent COVID.

Seattle Times
June 13, 2022

‘The future of cancer care’: Seattle institutions connect research, clinics under Fred Hutch name

Drs. Tom Lynch and Paul Ramsey describe unified adult cancer care.

April 02, 2022

In an unprecedented move, Huntsman and Fred Hutch add dramatically to their catchment areas in western U.S.

Dr. Tom Lynch spoke about Fred Hutch’s growing catchment area and how to serve populations across WA state.

The Cancer Letter
April 01, 2022

Seattle health care systems restructure to form new Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Drs. Paul Ramsey and Tom Lynch discuss the cancer care restructure.

The Seattle Times
April 01, 2022

Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, UW Medicine announce plans for new cancer partnership

Dr. Tom Lynch joined Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s leaders in describing how the new structure will expedite new therapies.

July 13, 2021

Cancer care and research in Pacific Northwest to be streamlined under proposed reorganization

Dr. Tom Lynch described how the restructure of Fred Hutch, UW Medicine, Seattle Children's, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance could improve startups.

July 13, 2021

Cancer Death Rate in U.S. Falls by Largest Yearly Amount on Record

Dr. Thomas Lynch described the gratification of improving lung cancer death rates in the US.  

The Wall Street Journal
January 12, 2021

Full steam ahead as Fred Hutch moves into historic building and expands Seattle campus

Dr. Thomas Lynch described why he’s excited about the opening of the Lake Union Steam Plant.

October 15, 2020

2020 flu shot strategy: Get yours early in the season

Dr. Steve Pergam described the importance of getting flu shots, especially for protecting babies, older people and others with compromised immune systems. 

August 04, 2020

Large U.S. COVID-19 vaccine trials will exclude pregnant women for now

Dr. Larry Corey emphasized the need for COVID vaccine data in pregnant women to find what is the safest vaccine for them.

July 31, 2020

Without a vaccine, researchers say, herd immunity may never be achieved

Dr. Joshua Schiffer predicted what may happen if the U.S. tries to achieve herd immunity without a COVID-19 vaccine. 

July 24, 2020

In conversation with Tom Lynch, president and director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Tom Lynch spoke with Fierce Biotech about his new role, the Hutch’s scientific priorities and COVID-19. 

Fierce Biotech
June 02, 2020

Fred Hutch president on response to coronavirus pandemic

President Dr. Thomas Lynch discussed Fred Hutch’s work related to COVID-19 virology, epidemiology and vaccine programs. 

May 24, 2020

Fred Hutch’s president says a new strain of virus research center is needed to fight future outbreaks

President Dr. Thomas Lynch explained the work Fred Hutch is doing on COVID-19 research and vaccines. 

May 21, 2020

Join GeekWire this week for a live virtual event with Fred Hutch President Dr. Thomas Lynch

Dr. Thomas Lynch and his live virtual chat with GeekWire are highlighted. 

May 18, 2020

Saving a city: How Seattle’s corporate giants banded together to flatten the curve

Drs. Tom Lynch and Larry Corey recalled the start of the COVID-19 epidemic and discussed Fred Hutch’s efforts to track and control the virus along with other notable Seattle companies. 

April 17, 2020

Greater Seattle coronavirus assessment network (SCAN) releases data from first 18 days of testing

Dr. Tom Lynch commented on the hard work and early data from the SCAN COVID-19 testing program. 

Public Health Insider
April 17, 2020

Dr. Tom Lynch on COVID-19 challenges

Dr. Tom Lynch described the challenges of testing and accurately reporting COVID-19 in a Fred Hutch town hall. 

KOMO Radio
March 26, 2020