A Portland native, Steve Stadum came to Seattle with a track record of accomplishment at Oregon Health & Science University, where he was chief operating officer of OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute and played a central role in securing $1 billion in funding to launch a vast expansion of the institute.
At the Hutch, Stadum is responsible for all operational activities of the research center, which has a 15-acre campus and employs more than 3,500 faculty and support personnel. He also plays a central role in relations between Fred Hutch and its Seattle Cancer Care Alliance partners: UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital.
“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.