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Gary Palmer, MD, JD, MBA, MPH

Chief Medical Officer, Tempus, Inc., Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Palmer is a veteran of the pharma and biotech industry. He has over twelve years experience specifically in the genomic space. Currently, he is the Chief Medical Officer at Tempus. Previously, he was the Chief Medical Officer at NantHealth in Los Angeles, CA. Before that, he was Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, at Foundation Medicine. Before Foundation Medicine, he was Vice President of Medical Affairs at Genomic Health where he directed the medical aspects of the Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay. After Genomic Health, he served as Chief Medical Officer of On-Q-ity, a circulating tumor cell company. Prior to Genomic Health, Dr. Palmer had extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including roles as Executive Director at Kosan Biosciences and at Salmedix, Inc. where he spent time in early drug development. Previously, he spent five years at Amgen where he was involved in the development and commercialization strategies of Neulasta and Aranesp.

Before his roles in industry, Dr. Palmer served as a medical oncologist in both academia and in the community setting. Dr. Palmer was director of the Medical Breast Service at the University of California, Davis, Cancer Center and Chief of Medical Oncology at the Mercy Health System, Sacramento, California. For nine years he was on the adjunct faculty of the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management where he taught “Management of Biotechnology” to MBA students.

Dr. Palmer is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University and a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine. He did his internal medicine training at the Boston City Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital He has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California, Davis, and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from U.C.L.A. As well, Dr. Palmer holds a J.D. degree and is admitted as an attorney to the State Bar of California.

Dr. Palmer is married to Liz and between them they have five children. He is an avid runner and a five-time winner on the television show “Jeopardy”.