Richard J Stephenson ’62 is Chairman and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  He is also Gateway for Cancer Research chairman, which held its annual Cures Gala on October 26 in Chicago — raising nearly $2.1 million for clinical trials for cancer treatment.

Gateway for Cancer Research Chairman Richard J Stephenson with Dr. Stacie Macari and 2010 American Idol winner Lee DeWyze at the annual Cures Gala to benefit cancer research. (Photo courtesy of

Dick founded Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in 1988, following the death of his mother from cancer.  To keep his mother’s spirit alive, Richard created a new model of care, a whole-person cancer treatment providing patient-centered approach to cancer treatment.