EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Internationally recognized oncologist Scott H. Okuno, M.D., has been named medical director of the Oncology Department for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin and Cancer Coordinating Committee chair for all of Mayo Clinic Health System.
Dr. Okuno is board-certified in medical oncology, specializing in bone and soft tissue sarcomas. He serves as medical officer for the Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration, a group of institutions across the U.S. and Europe dedicated to clinical trials and research for sarcoma patients. He also is chairman of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology’s Audit Committee, which reviews and certifies the clinical trials programs of cancer centers across the U.S.
Dr. Okuno is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Connective Tissue Oncology Society, and Midwest Sarcoma Trials Partnership. In addition, he is professor of Oncology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.
Dr. Okuno’s research interests include management of patients with bone and soft tissue sarcomas. His research encourages a multidisciplinary approach with surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists. He has 55 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has authored or co-authored several book chapters related to sarcoma cancers.
“We are incredibly excited and fortunate to have someone of Dr. Okuno’s caliber and expertise joining Mayo Clinic Health System,” says Richard Helmers, M.D., regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System in northwest Wisconsin. “Dr. Okuno is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of sarcoma and has been at the forefront of national, cutting-edge cancer clinical trials and treatments.”
“For years, Mayo Clinic Health System has been the leader in providing the best continuity of care to cancer patients,” says Bobbie Gostout, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic. “The addition of Dr. Okuno to lead our team of oncologists speaks to our organization’s strong commitment and vision to expand cancer treatment options and technologies here in northwest Wisconsin, while providing patients Mayo Clinic care that is close to home.”
Dr. Okuno received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He received a medical degree from the University of Chicago in Illinois. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology/oncology, at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Okuno served in a number of high-profile roles at Mayo Clinic; including achieving the rank of professor of Oncology, Mayo Clinic Rochester Specialty Clinical Practice Committee vice chair, Mayo Clinic Clinical Practice Committee associate dean for outpatient practice, Mayo Clinic Rochester Outpatient Practice Subcommittee chair and Midwest Outpatient Practice Executive Subcommittee chair.
Dr. Okuno has participated in nearly a dozen federal research grant studies from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health. He is collaborating with other investigators within and without Mayo Clinic to develop clinical trials for patients with bone and soft tissue sarcomas.
“I am excited to be part of an exceptional group of dedicated health care providers and staff who consistently provide the very best care for patients,” says Dr. Okuno. “I look forward to being part of this team to improve the health of patients living in northwest Wisconsin and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System by providing cutting-edge oncology treatment.”
In his free time, Dr. Okuno enjoys playing tennis, exercising, church activities and spending time with his family at his cabin in northern Wisconsin.
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Press ContactKristin Everett