Dr. William Evans

Dr. William Evans, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and University of Tennessee Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, USA


Dr. William E. Evans is Director and Chief Executive Officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH), and is a Professor at the University of Tennessee Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy.For the past 30 years, his research at St. Jude has focused on the pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents in children, for which he has received three consecutive NIH MERIT Awards from the National Cancer Institute (1987-2015). The major disease focus of his research is acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children. Dr. Evans has authored over 300 articles and numerous book chapters. He has received several national awards for his research, including the 2009 Pediatric Cancer Award from the ASCO (shared with Mary V. Relling of SJCRH) and the 2009 Team Science Prize from AACR (shared with colleagues at St. Jude), the 2011 Remington Medal from APhA and the 2013 Oscar B Hunter Award from ASCPT. He is recognized by ISI as a “Highly Cited Scientist” in pharmacology, based on citations of his research publications being in the top 1%. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2002. Dr. Evans has served as CEO of SJCRH since 2004, during which time St. Jude has been ranked annually in the top 10 best places to work in academia by The Scientist magazine, ranked the #1 Children’s Cancer Hospital by USNWR and Parent Magazine, and in the Fortune 100 Best Places to Work.