Dr. Gordon Mills is inaugural recipient of the Wayne and Julie Drinkward Endowed Chair in Precision Oncology


Gordon B. Mills, M.D., Ph.D., professor of cell, developmental and cancer biology, OHSU School of Medicine, and director of precision oncology, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, was appointed the inaugural recipient of the Wayne and Julie Drinkward Endowed Chair in Precision Oncology. The investiture was attended by Dr. Mills and family, OHSU President Danny Jacobs, School of Medicine Dean Sharon Anderson, Knight Cancer Institute leaders and faculty, and members of the OHSU Foundation.

Dr. Mills is also director of SMMART trials. In his various roles, he is responsible for the implementation of an integrated program of tumor analysis, decision-making and implementation of novel precision oncology trials. Dr. Mills has published more than 900 papers and holds more than 20 patents. Dr. Mills has served as principal investigator or project investigator on many national peer-reviewed grants. His efforts have been recognized in the Komen Foundation’s Brinker Award for Scientific Excellence and the Finneran Family Prize for Translational Research. The majority of Dr. Mills’ trainees have developed successful research careers rising through the ranks to full professor, department chairs, and institute directors. Based on this role, he has been nominated for and awarded multiple mentoring awards, including the Stand Up 2 Cancer Laura Ziskin Prize for Mentoring and the inaugural Waun Ki Hong award for mentorship.

Thank you Wayne and Julie Drinkward

Wayne and Julie Drinkward are longtime supporters of OHSU, dedicated community volunteers and civic leaders. Currently chair of the Knight Cancer Council, Wayne Drinkward is the former CEO and President of Hoffman Construction Company, one of the nation’s largest general contractors. He assumed that role after his father, Cecil, retired as President in 1992. Drinkward received his BS in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 1973 where he is now Chair of the Board. His past non-profit board chairmanships include the Salvation Army, YMCA of the Columbia-Willamette, Oregon Episcopal and Oregon Architectural Foundation. Wayne also served on the OHSU Foundation Board as well as numerous others. Julie is currently a member of the OHSU Circle of Giving, the Oregon chapter of ARCS and is a trustee of The High Desert Museum. Julie is a past board chair of Saturday Academy and Waverly Children’s Home boards. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.