Dr. Veena Shankaran joins leadership of Fred Hutch’s health care economics and policy research institute

She will contribute to strategic planning, scientific priority setting, fundraising and organizational development
Dr. Veena Shankaran
Dr. Veena Shankaran Photo by Robert Hood / Fred Hutch News Service

Dr. Veena Shankaran has been named the new co-director of Fred Hutch’s health care economics and policy group, the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, or HICOR.

Shankaran will join HICOR Director Dr. Scott Ramsey and build on the many contributions of Dr. Gary Lyman, who served as HICOR co-director since the institute was founded five years ago. In this role, Lyman facilitated valuable relationships between HICOR and national organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, among others.

Lyman will take on a new role as HICOR senior lead of Health Care Quality and Policy and continue his research as a member of the Cancer Prevention Program within Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences Division. He also serves as the executive officer for Cancer Care Delivery and Symptom Control and Quality of Life Research for the SWOG Cancer Research Network. 

A national leader in financial toxicity research

A national leader in financial toxicity research, Shankaran currently leads the largest prospective cooperative group study to assess financial outcomes in cancer patients through the SWOG Cancer Research Network, and she serves on its Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee.

In her new role, Shankaran will collaborate with Ramsey in strategic planning, scientific priority setting, fundraising, and organizational development. She’ll also continue to treat patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Fred Hutch’s clinical care partner, where she’s a gastrointestinal medical oncologist. She will also continue to conduct research through Fred Hutch’s Public Health Sciences and Clinical Research divisions.

2018 was a banner year for HICOR. In May, HICOR released a first-in-the-nation Community Cancer Care Report at its fifth Value in Cancer Care Summit. The group also welcomed three new member-track faculty: Dr. Salene Jones, a clinical psychologist and psychometrician; Dr. Rachel Issaka, a clinical gastroenterologist and health disparities researcher; and Dr. Parth Shah, a pharmacist and behavioral scientist. HICOR also announced exciting new projects with Microsoft and the Tableau Foundation, both built on its regional partnerships with patients, providers, payers, researchers, and other organizations.

Read more about Fred Hutch achievements and accolades.

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