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Physician Investigators

Program Directors/Principle Investigators

MultiCare Oncologist Jack Keech, DO, and Intermountain Academic Oncologist Craig Nichols, MD, have been working together on the NW NCORP since the beginning of this project in 2014.

Dr. KeechJack Keech, DO, MultiCare Health System

Dr. Keech, who brings more than 33 years of experience in community-based oncology practice to the NW NCORP, is responsible for the oversight and coordination of project management involving cancer prevention and clinical trials implementation. He collaborates with Dr. Nichols and other NW NCORP staff to manage and oversee day-to-day operations, including accrual, protocol selection, and other activities across the NW NCORP community sites. 

Dr. Keech has an exemplary record of service to the cancer research community, serving most recently as an American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Clinical Practice Committee member and Chair (2002-2004), helping to found the Journal of Oncology Practice.

Craig NicholsCraig Nichols, MD, Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Nichols’ responsibility with the NW NCORP includes program design and implementation.

He is the lead investigator providing scientific oversight of the Cancer Care Delivery Research (CCDR) program, and works collaboratively with Dr. Keech on the overall scientific and management leadership structure in the coordination of all NW NCORP CCDR activities. Dr. Nichols is working to evaluate and enhance the CCDR informatics, data surveillance, and reporting capabilities to improve comparative analysis and protocol development.

In the late 1980s, Dr. Nichols established his career-long passion for cancer clinical research and has more recently focused on cancer care delivery, big data, and comparative effectiveness research. He continues to serve as the executive officer for one of the nation’s largest cancer research groups - the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), and was recently elected to the board of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), serving on its executive committee.

These Program Directors/Principle Directors communicate frequently to discuss administrative responsibilities and any changes in the direction of projects, as well as share their respective research results with each other, with the physician investigators, with the NW NCORP steering committee, and with other NW NCORP key personnel.