Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center | Seattle, Washington 98109

Salary Range: $337,150.00 - $595,920.00 Annually
Date Posted: November 01, 2023
Opportunity Code: 33373


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (Fred Hutch) seeks an inaugural Deputy Chief Medical Officer to provide strategic direction and oversight to the South Lake Union (SLU) outpatient clinical services, with a primary focus of delivering high-quality patient care, promoting clinical excellence, and fostering a collaborative and patient-centered environment.

The Opportunity

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (Fred Hutch), a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center since 1973, seeks an inaugural Deputy Chief Medical Officer to provide strategic direction and oversight to the South Lake Union (SLU) outpatient clinical services, with a primary focus of delivering high-quality patient care, promoting clinical excellence, and fostering a collaborative and patient-centered environment.

The Organization

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is an independent, nonprofit organization, providing adult cancer treatment and groundbreaking research focused on cancer and infectious diseases. With a track record of global leadership in bone marrow transplantation, HIV/AIDS prevention, immunotherapy and COVID-19 vaccines, Fred Hutch has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading cancer, infectious disease and biomedical research centers.

Based in Seattle, Fred Hutch operates eight clinical care sites that provide medical oncology, infusion, radiation, proton therapy and related services, and maintains network affiliations with hospitals in five states. Fully integrated research and clinical care teams seek to discover new cures to the world’s deadliest diseases and make life beyond cancer a reality. 

In March 2023, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center announced the opening of its new clinic building on the South Lake Union (SLU) campus, completing the largest construction project in the organization’s history. Connected to existing buildings via a pedestrian bridge, the six-story, 150,000 square-foot outpatient cancer treatment clinic features a patient-centered design, highly specialized treatment clinics and state-of-the-art procedure suites. The new environment further advances the ability to deliver world-class cancer care and conduct leading-edge research. The new building also expands imaging and procedural capabilities with the addition of a computerized tomography CT Angiography suite; a first-of-its-kind in the Pacific Northwest, Positron emission tomography–magnetic resonance imaging (PET-MR), and new biopsy services. 

The building design includes three new floors that support the “care neighborhood” concept. Each care neighborhood consists of about 10 “flex rooms” that are used for most patient care, including drawing labs, clinic visits, education visits and treatments. This design aims to reduce the overall time a patient may spend in the building. Additionally, the fifth floor features expanded and improved procedure and post-op rooms where patients can recover from port placement, biopsies and other outpatient procedures.

At Fred Hutch we value collaboration, compassion, determination, excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. These values are grounded in and expressed through the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our mission is directly tied to the humanity, dignity and inherent value of each employee, patient, community member and supporter. Our commitment to learning across our differences and similarities make us stronger. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism and inclusion. 

The Position

Reporting directly to the Chief Medical Officer of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, and in close collaboration with the executive team, the Deputy CMO will shape the vision for SLU outpatient services, drive clinic operational efficiency and identify opportunities to improve clinician productivity and efficiency. It is expected that 50% of the Deputy CMO’s efforts will be devoted to the administrative duties outlined below, with the other 50% going towards clinical service.


Clinical Leadership

  • Provide medical oversight, guidance, and leadership to all SLU based outpatient clinics within the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, ensuring the delivery of exceptional patient care and services. 
  • Collaborate with clinic leadership, disease clinical directors, and clinical staff to develop and implement evidence-based clinical protocols, polices, best practices, and quality improvement initiatives. 
  • Maintain a strong outpatient clinical presence, actively engaging with all clinical teams to stay informed about the needs and challenges of the outpatient clinics. 
  • Interface with EPIC/IT support to develop solutions to improve provider efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity. 

Strategic Planning and Development

  • Collaborate with the Chief Medical Officer and other members of the executive leadership team to develop and execute a strategic plan for outpatient clinics that aligns with the organization's mission and goals. 
  • Identify opportunities to enhance outpatient services, improve patient access, and improve the patient experience through innovative programs and initiatives. 

Quality and Patient Safety

  • Champion a culture of patient safety and quality in the SLU outpatient clinics, overseeing the implementation of evidence-based practices and adherence to regulatory standards. 
  • Monitor and analyze clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction data, identifying areas for improvement and implementing performance improvement strategies. 
  • Collaborate with Quality and Patient Safety teams to develop and maintain a robust quality assurance program for SLU outpatient clinics. 
  • Promote teamwork and collaboration among clinical teams to enhance patient care delivery and staff engagement. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Must have an MD/DO degree (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years’ practicing medicine.
  • Must be board certified in an oncology subspecialty (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum of 5 years oncology experience.
  • Must be licensed or eligible for medical licensure in the state of Washington.
  • Must have medical leadership experience in process improvement, IT implementation or clinic/inpatient leadership.
  • Demonstrated success in leading and facilitating groups of physicians in both the community and an academic medical center setting.
  • Experience implementing, maintaining, and refining quality assurance/utilization management programs.
  • Promotes a team focused approach to care.
  • Exhibits empathy, humility and compassion.
  • Demonstrates strong listening skills.
  • Ability to build internal and external relationships with trust and credibility.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to influence others.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in healthcare administration or equivalent work experience preferred.

The Community

Seattle, Washington is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, located between Puget Sound and Lake Washington in King County, of which it is the county seat, and overlooking Elliott Bay. Nicknamed The Emerald City, Seattle is a green gem, with an abundance of evergreen trees throughout, and spectacular views of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west. The cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle and its surrounding areas are the home of the Space Needle, Boeing's aircraft assembly plants, Microsoft, Amazon, Costco, Nintendo of America, Starbucks, T-Mobile, and the University of Washington, as well as a vibrant arts and music scene and an excellent park system.

Applications and Nominations

Applications and nominations can be directed to

All finalists will be asked to provide a letter of interest and astatementdescribing their commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism in their career or that will be made through their work at Fred Hutch. 


The annual base salary for this position is from $337,150 to $592,920 and pay offered will be based on experience and qualifications. The position is eligible for relocation assistance and sign-on bonus.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center offers employees a comprehensive benefits package designed to enhance health, well-being, and financial security. Benefits include medical/vision, dental, flexible spending accounts, life, disability, retirement, family life support, employee assistance program, onsite health clinic, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation (12-22 days per year), paid sick leave (12-25 days per year), paid holidays (13 years per year), paid parental leave (up to 4 weeks), and partially paid sabbatical leave (up to 6 months).

EEOC Statement

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to the Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.




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