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Robert W. Mayo

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Vice Chairman Emeritus

Area of Expertise

-Origins of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)
-CTCA Growth and Development
-The Mission, Vision and Values of CTCA
-The Mother Standard® of Care


Robert W. Mayo is a cofounder of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). He serves as Vice Chairman Emeritus. In addition to representing the company in its industry, government and payer relationships, he also oversees all business development and growth initiatives.

Mr. Mayo joined the organization in 1980 after retiring from a decorated 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, he was the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal (four times). Immediately after leaving the Navy, Mr. Mayo met Richard J. Stephenson, the man he would partner with to revolutionize cancer treatment in America. Mr. Stephenson persuaded him to join his organization as Director of Human Resources, where he would leverage his experience in recruiting and organizational development to help build the foundation that would formally become CTCA in 1988.

Over the past 30-plus years, Mr. Mayo has held positions of increasing responsibility, including Executive Vice President and President and CEO of CTCA. He also created the first Oncology Information Specialist Center, which enabled patients to pick up the phone and discuss their medical conditions with trained cancer care specialists. This unique direct-to- consumer approach, which was unheard of at the time, is the cornerstone of the CTCA patient-centered business model. Through his ongoing leadership, the brand creditability of CTCA has grown exponentially over the years and the company has evolved into one of the most successful, privately held healthcare organizations in the nation. “Our desire to grow is not a business imperative,” states Mr. Mayo, “it is a moral one.”

After opening the first CTCA Center of Excellence in Zion, Illinois, CTCA has gone on to open additional centers in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Goodyear, Arizona; and an Oncology Care Center in Seattle, Washington. CTCA is also scheduled to open a new full-service, state-of-the-art cancer treatment center in Newnan, Georgia in August 2012. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors of each of these centers, Mr. Mayo also serves on the Board of Directors for The Gateway, a preeminent nonprofit organization dedicated to funding vital cancer research. The Gateway ensures that 99 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to funding promising clinical cancer research.

Mr. Mayo’s vision for defeating cancer is driven by more than a business passion. In 2009, he himself was diagnosed with cancer. By involving himself in cutting-edge treatments, like those advanced by CTCA, he defeated his illness and remains cancer free to this day.

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