Jeff A. Walker is City of Hope’s chief operating officer. In this role, Walker oversees the patient care and research operations for all City of Hope locations.
Prior to coming to City of Hope, Walker served as chief operating officer for The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and the James Cancer Hospital, overseeing all administrative, operational and fiscal functions. At Ohio State, he built an incredibly strong and integrated administrative and operational structure to support the program’s research and clinical missions.
During Walker’s tenure, the new James Cancer Hospital was built and opened, becoming the third largest cancer hospital in the country. Further, the cancer center was rated as Exceptional by the National Cancer Institute and achieved a perfect score on the core grant renewal. Finally, the cancer program saw record growth and financial performance and several new cancer-focused commercial business ventures were launched.
Walker has also served as executive vice president for the Roswell Park Cancer Research Institute in New York where he was responsible for the administration and all clinical and research operations of this national cancer center. Prior to his roles at Ohio State and Roswell Park, Walker held administrative leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute for 14 years.
Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently serves in several national leadership positions, including vice-chair of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers Executive Committee, treasurer of the Association of American Cancer Institutes and member of the Board and Finance Committees of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
- 1990, M.B.A., Marketing & Operations, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
- 1986, B.S., Biochemistry, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA