Episode 5: Dr. Cliff Hudis, CEO of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Dr. Cliff Hudis is the CEO of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). A medical oncologist by profession, he spent three decades at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the most iconic institutions in the world, and served as Chief of the Breast Medicine Service from 1998 to 2016. In June 2016, he took on the role of CEO at ASCO, where he gets to lead the conversation globally about where the profession is going.
In this episode of The Culture Gap, Cliff talks about cancer, the gaps in knowledge that have been closed in cancer discovery and research, and what he has learned from his experiences. He also gives us insight into what it takes to lead a team of brilliant professionals to come together for a larger purpose, and the lessons he has gained as a leader driving strategy and culture change. Welcome to The Culture Gap.
[:45] Daniel introduces his guest for this episode — Dr. Cliff Hudis.
[1:59] Who is Cliff?
[2:47] Who were some of the big influencers in Cliff’s life that helped him become who he is today? He shares some of his background.
[9:51] As a young oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, what was going through Cliff's mind? Could he have imagined the changes that occurred over the subsequent decades?
[13:13] What are some of the gaps in knowledge that have been closed in cancer discovery, specifically breast cancer? Which of these gaps that have been closed have surprised Cliff the most?
[20:30] What was it like for Cliff to be a young leader given an incredible authority and responsibility? How did he balance the individuals on his team and respect their autonomy, while still coming together as a group to discover something larger?
[26:39] Cliff shares some of his experiences with his patients.
[28:08] Why did Cliff want the job as CEO of ASCO?
[34:59] Why did Cliff want to set a strategy in the earliest months of his tenure at ASCO, and what are the changes that have happened to the strategy since its inception?
[40:41] If Cliff could have a conversation with cancer, what would he ask it?
[43:49] What is Cliff's advice to other CEOs?
[49:17] Cliff's wife, Jane, is a successful leader in the retail space. What is the best leadership advice Jane has given Cliff as he has taken on his role at ASCO?
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