Nancy E. Davidson, M.D.

Senior Vice President, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; President & Executive Director, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Head, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington
University of Washington

Dr. Nancy E. Davidson earned her MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1979.  She completed her internal medicine internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1980 and internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1982.  Subsequently, Dr. Davidson completed a medical oncology fellowship at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute in 1985.   She served as Director of the Breast Cancer Program 1994 – 20009 and as the Breast Cancer Research Chair of Oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 1995 – 2009.

Dr. Davidson is a world-renowned breast cancer researcher who served as Hillman Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute from 2009 – 2016.  She is a distinguished Professor of Medicine and associate vice chancellor for cancer research. She holds secondary appointments as professor of pharmacology and chemical biology and professor in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Beginning December 1, 2016, Dr. Davidson stepped into the multi-pronged role of being Senior Vice President and Director of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Research Center, the President and Executive Director of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance as well as the Head of the Division of Oncology at the University of Washington.

Dr. Davidson has published key findings on the role of hormones, particularly estrogen, on gene expression and cell growth in breast cancer. She has guided several important national clinical trials of potential new therapies, including chemo-endocrine therapy for premenopausal breast cancer. Her research has been supported by a portfolio of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and Susan Komen for the Cure.

Dr. Davidson has co-authored over 300 articles in the top journals of her field, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. She has won several awards, including being elected to membership in the Association of American Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine.  She received the honor of being named a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Davidson is an active member of the scientific advisory boards as well as external advisory boards of many foundations and cancer centers.  She has also served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) – the two largest organizations for cancer researchers and oncology professionals in the world. She was president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology from 2007-2008.   Most recently, she served as the President of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) until her tenure ended in April 2017.