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President, Allina Health Cancer Institute

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Physical Location

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Dept. Name

Oncology Admin

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Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 16 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide home care, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Allina Health is a vibrant, growing organization with opportunities to suit your professional skills and a diverse work environment to match your specific interests. We believe employees are our greatest asset and are dedicated to helping you develop and maximize your professional skills.

Allina Health clinics are committed to providing a work environment where passionate people have the knowledge, tools, opportunity and freedom to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients. We want you to be part of our team where each employee contributes to our mission of exceptional primary and specialty care. Allina Health clinics provide primary care, specialty care and urgent care services to people in 41 communities. More than 750 health care practitioners help patients identify health risks, manage chronic illness and find their path to better health.


Req ID: 57700

The Opportunity

Allina Health is excited to share that they are seeking a visionary physician leader to lead the Allina Health Cancer Institute, which will transform care for the almost 18,000 people diagnosed with cancer each year in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.

The President, Allina Health Cancer Institute (AHCI) will advance a model of care which is highly distributed, fully integrated and comprehensive – bolstering Allina Health's mission to provide Whole Person Care. The President will be charged with achieving Allina Health's vision in the sphere of cancer care, guided by the achievement of top decile outcomes, seamlessly coordinated care and a highly reliable patient experience.

Organization Overview

Allina Health Cancer Institute

Allina Health is embarking on a transformational initiative to improve care for those diagnosed with cancer each year in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. Allina believes that the current ecosystem of cancer care – characterized by fragmentation and high costs – is neither sustainable nor sufficient for its patients and its community.

The vehicle for Allina Health’s transformation will be the Allina Health Cancer Institute (AHCI). The vision for this Institute centers on value creation through coordination of the full continuum of oncological care – from prevention/detection through treatment and survivorship. The Institute will be unique in the region, as it will be a physician-led organization empowered to direct substantial investments in cancer facilities, physician recruitment, clinical and research programs, and strategic partnerships. Importantly, the Institute will oversee cancer care across the entire health system, ensuring that consistently exceptional outcomes are delivered in any setting where patients access cancer care. This model – tested and refined nationally at other large “hybrid” cancer programs – will provide high-quality cancer care close to home.

Position Summary
To ensure the success of the Allina Health Cancer Institute(AHCI), the President will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of the Cancer Program and will dedicate the majority of his/her time to the program including patient care responsibilities. He/she will have reporting relationships and authority within the organization enabling accountability for the Institute and its programs. All functions of this position will be in support of the delivery of quality cancer care and achievement of a nationally recognized cancer program. He/she will provide leadership for the vision and strategic plan of the program and will actively collaborate across the enterprise.
The President will lead the development and oversight of the Institute's quality performance, setting the standards of care, elevating patient care quality and disseminating best practices. This physician leader will have experience in a complex integrated cancer program with a record of accomplishment of transforming clinical excellence and research activity. The President will cultivate strong alignment and working relationships across the specialty programs within the Institute, external partnerships and across Allina Health to develop a consistent patient care offering.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Specific duties and responsibilities of the President's position include, but are not limited to the following:
Administrative Responsibilities
  • Develop the appropriate organizational structure to meet the goals and objectives of AHCI.
  • Oversee all aspects of the operations of the AHCI.
  • Recruit accomplished cancer specialists to serve as leaders of specific programs and/or departments across the Institute to ensure the most current treatments and to provide System-wide clinical care, and clinical research with Allina senior leadership.
  • Expand and drive philanthropic support for AHCI.

Patient Care Responsibilities
  • Develop and coordinate program components with a focus on delivering comprehensive patient-centered care: multi-disciplinary care, patient navigation, outreach/screening with a focus on disparate populations, survivorship and palliative care, genetic counseling and molecular/gene testing, and clinical research.
  • Collaborate with key leadership across the System to ensure seamless and coordinated care for cancer patients (e.g., nursing, operating room, imaging, laboratory/pathology, and information technology)

Quality of Care Responsibilities
  • Lead the continued and new development of Disease Based Care Programs.
  • Develop and lead quality improvement efforts as related to clinical outcomes, service outcomes, timeliness outcomes and patient quality of life.
  • Oversee the utilization and monitoring of evidence-based guidelines such as NCCN, AGA and ASCO and cancer-related accreditations (Commission on Cancer, ASCO, QOPI, NAPBC, etc.) as well as the tumor registry to ensure ability to track patient outcomes, practice patterns, and quality of care.

Cancer Center Medical Staff Engagement
  • Collaborate with physicians, often private practices, to ensure a dedicated oncology practice leadership group committed to the goals and vision of AHCI.
  • Recruit and retain physicians to support AHCI.
  • Collaborate with medical specialties to support the Cancer Program.
  • Oversee the development, implementation, and routine evaluation of physician participation to support quality patient care, research, and community outreach goals.
  • Work with the Disease Based Care Programs, increase cases presented at cancer conferences, and identify quality improvement activities throughout the patient's journey of care.
  • Manage efforts to increase physician participation in clinical research and of performance improvement activities for the medical staff of AHCI.
  • Supervise cancer education programs, seminars, and conferences including program leadership, subcommittee leadership, and patient navigators.

Clinical Cancer Research
  • Manage cancer clinical trials ensuring IRB and study compliance and oversight of clinical cancer research to select trials, identify physician champions as principle investigators, increase Phase II and Phase III trials, and broaden clinical trial types and diversify the specialties of physicians participating in clinical trials.
  • Coordinate cancer research, which will include translational and clinical research and may include pharmaceutical and psychosocial research.
  • Lead collaborative efforts with other academic medical centers, community network programs and other NCI-programs as applicable, and the appropriate clinical research physician leadership.
  • Promote regional/national hospital relationships in support of the clinical and research goals of AHCI.
  • Assist in the development of bio-repository protocols, patient processes, and patient accrual techniques.

Community Relationships
  • Enhance relationships with community organizations which offer programs and services to support cancer patients (e.g., American Cancer Society).
  • Oversee patient and community cancer education and screening programs.
  • Promote AHCI marketing, communication and public relations efforts.


  • Medical degree (MD, DO or equivalent), and current Board Certification in medical oncology or surgical oncology.
  • Eligible for an unrestricted licensure in the state of Minnesota.
  • Masters in Health Care Administration or Business Administration preferred.


  • Leadership experience in a nationally recognized, leading cancer program as Director, Deputy Director, Chief, Chair, Service Line Leader or similar position.
  • Successful record of accomplishments in medical oncology including clinical care, education and clinical and/or translational research.
  • Business savvy and experience managing creating and managing budgets
  • Outstanding academic and clinical reputation from a leading healthcare institution.
  • A record of demonstrable success working collaboratively within a highly matrixed reporting structure supporting cancer care delivery in a large complex healthcare system.
  • Deep knowledge and experience facilitating and negotiating in complex healthcare markets.

Work Schedule

As customary for a leadership position.

Location/Community Information

Minneapolis boasts being both cosmopolitan yet small enough that you can find a place to call home whether on a lake, golf course, or in an adjoining suburb. With the fast pace of activity there are professional sports, theater, or enough parks for a quiet walk. The area has numerous schools and colleges, both public or private, and enough teams for all weekend athletes to join.

  • Located in Minneapolis
  • Population = 380,000
  • Service Area = 2,882,245

Community Resource Links:

Community Information School Digger

Explore Minnesota MN Dept of Education

Minneapolis St. Paul MagazineSt. Paul Pioneer Press

Twin Cities Living MagazineStar Tribune


If you are interested in becoming part of our award winning team of professionals, please apply online today. Allina Health is committed to providing Equal Employment Opportunities to all employees and applicants. EO M/F/Disability/Vet Employer.

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Executive / Mgmt / Supervisory, Physician