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Longtime Oncology Executive to Lead Thompson Cancer Survival Center

Posted on July 24, 2019 in News

Covenant Health announces that Scott Warwick has been named chief administrative officer of Thompson Cancer Survival Center, the health system’s flagship cancer program.  Warwick, a Knoxville native, took the helm on July 15.

“We are looking forward to having Scott Warwick in this critically important role at Thompson Cancer Survival Center and Covenant Health. He will be working strategically with our oncology physicians to design the future of Covenant Health’s cancer services,” said Jim VanderSteeg, president and CEO.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Scott to Covenant Health to lead the Thompson Cancer Survival Center. Scott brings a unique depth of experience in the oncology field to lead our cancer program to meet its full potential,” said Luke Johnson, Covenant Health’s executive vice president of physician enterprise and ambulatory services.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity,” Warwick said. “Thompson has a legacy of being at the forefront of providing outstanding cancer care, which strongly aligns with my efforts throughout my career to offer the most advanced cancer treatments available for our community. I am eagerly looking forward to working with the program’s talented physicians, clinicians and employees. I know that, together, we can maintain Thompson as one of the nation’s leading comprehensive cancer centers. I am truly excited to get started.” 

Warwick is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center School of Allied Health. He has served in a variety of clinical, administrative and executive positions during his 20+-year career.

Warwick began his oncology experience as a certified medical dosimetrist, a specialist who designs radiation treatment plans, calculates dosages and assures plans are implemented accurately. His background gives Warwick additional insight and a unique perspective and understanding of the complexity of cancer care. In the early 1990s he worked as a radiation therapist and dosimetrist at St. Mary’s Health System where he advanced as the system’s regional cancer service line leader.    

In 2009 he was named vice president of clinical operations for Provision Healthcare in Knoxville, and in 2013 he transitioned to vice president of strategic initiatives and program development. In those roles Warwick was responsible for developing and implementing new strategic initiatives, physician recruitment and alignment, and government and payer relations. He served on a number of state and national boards and led local, state and national efforts to bring proton therapy to East Tennessee.   

Most recently, Warwick has served as the Executive Director for the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) in Washington, DC where he worked on regional and national health policy issues. 

Warwick has a passion for patient advocacy and has served for many years on the board of the Knox Metropolitan Area American Cancer Society. He serves on the boards of the Compassion in Action Cancer Fund and Harvest Field Ministries, and is significantly involved with medical missions in Southwest Haiti.