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Our leadership team, including recognized physician experts and researchers, is at the forefront of shaping new standards of cancer care based upon the latest research. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Sarah Cannon offers integrated cancer services, providing patients with cutting-edge treatments and upholding the highest quality care for patients from diagnosis through survivorship.

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Dee Anna Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Dee Anna Smith is the chief executive officer of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Appointed as CEO in 2006, Smith is responsible for carrying out the overall strategic mission and vision for Sarah Cannon which offers cutting-edge clinical research as the foundation to its integrated cancer programs. From diagnosis to recovery, Sarah Cannon provides close-to-home access to world-class cancer care across the United States and United Kingdom.

Joining Sarah Cannon Research Institute in 2005, Smith served as chief information officer and president of Sarah Cannon’s Research Services division. Previously, Smith served as founder and chief executive officer of Summit Research Solutions, a multi-specialty organization established in 1996. She received her bachelor's degree in accounting from Pepperdine University.

Smith has received recognition for her contributions to the health care industry on a local and national level. She was named a 2013 Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal in the chief executive officer category and she received Lipscomb University’s 2013 Heroes of Business award.

Smith is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and American Society of Clinical Oncology. She serves on the Pepperdine University Board of Regents, the board of visitors for the Lipscomb University School of Pharmacy as well as the board of directors for the Nashville Health Care Council.