“He’s fantastic at building organizations,” Gilliland said upon Stadum’s arrival at the Hutch in 2015. “He understands academics, he understands administration, and he knows how to put buildings up. I have the greatest respect for what he did at OHSU.”
The quest to end cancer is deeply rooted for Stadum. When he was 15, his father died of lung cancer. When he was 30, his mother died of breast cancer. “It’s a privilege to work in a place where, although I’m not going to find the cure, I can help bring together those who can,” he said.