Dr. Nancy Davidson: The 2020 Leaders in Health Care Gold Award Winner for Outstanding Medical Group Executive

The Silver Award recipient is Dr. Glenn Lux, president and chief executive officer of Allegro Pediatrics

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Gold Award
Nancy Davidson, M.D., Executive Director and President, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Dr. Nancy Davidson and former First Lady Michelle Obama have something in common: Both were elected last May to the 239th class of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Since Davidson joined Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in 2016, the organization has become a national leader in clinical enrollment, with more than 500 active clinical trials, notably on new therapies to treat breast cancer. Davidson herself has published key findings on the role of hormones on gene expression and cell growth in breast cancer.

Davidson serves as a bridge builder across treatment, clinical and translational cancer research at the alliance and its partner organizations — Fred Hutch, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. Cancer is very personal to her: Her sister, Leslie Davidson, died at age 53 just two weeks after being diagnosed with non-small-cell carcinoma of the lung. She never smoked.

“My hope and goal in life is that no one should have to suffer from such a catastrophic illness,” she says.

Davidson is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians and serves on several scientific advisory boards and external advisory boards of numerous foundations and cancer centers. She has also served as president of both the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology — the two largest organizations for cancer researchers and oncology professionals in the world.

After hitting its financial targets for 2019, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which employs 1,700 and serves 42,000 patients annually, has embarked on a clinic expansion to allow it to serve even more patients.

Silver Award
Glenn Lux, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Allegro Pediatrics, Bellevue

Dr. Glenn Lux began his medical career as one of six pediatricians practicing together in 1977. He now leads a medical group of more than 100 pediatric providers and more than 280 administrative and clinical staffers in nine offices across the Puget Sound region. Lux, who became president of Allegro Pediatrics in 1987 and chief executive officer in 2000, has grown the organization to become one of the largest physician-owned professional corporations in the region. Its annual budget is more than $50 million, and Allegro serves almost 300,000 patients annually. Lux earned an MBA degree from Seattle University at the age of 60 and was named the university’s outstanding graduate business student. 

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