David Jaffray, Ph.D., is a senior vice president and chief technology and digital officer at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also is professor of Radiation Physics with a dual appointment as professor of Imaging Physics.
Recruited to MD Anderson in May 2019, Jaffray is the institution’s inaugural chief technology and digital officer, bringing more than two decades of scientific expertise and proven skill as an innovator. In this role, he directs the strategic design, acquisition, management and implementation of an enterprise-wide technology infrastructure at MD Anderson to safeguard the integrity and availability of the institution’s systems and intellectual property assets. While overseeing the Information Services division and Information Security department, Jaffray also leads efforts to advance data integration, data governance and data security across MD Anderson’s Houston campuses and its national network, as well as to coordinate technology-enabled innovation. Additionally, he collaborates with the Strategic Industry Ventures team and the chief scientific officer in advancing meaningful partnerships with industry.
Before joining MD Anderson, Jaffray served as executive vice president for Technology and Innovation at the University Health Network (UHN)/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Ontario. He led UHN’s information technology transformation, designing the road map for digital transformation. He also served in several other leadership roles at UHN, including vice chair of Research for the University of Toronto’s Department of Radiation Oncology, founding director of the STTARR Innovation Centre and founding director of the Techna Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health. Jaffray held an academic appointment as a full professor in the Departments of Radiation Oncology, Medical Biophysics and IBBME at the University of Toronto. He was active in strategic planning, teaching and graduate student supervision during his 17 years in Toronto.
Jaffray holds 26 patents and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications in topics related to cancer, including the development of new radiation treatment machines, the exploration of the fundamental limits of imaging system performance, the development of novel nanoparticle formulations for improved detection of cancer, and challenges in global health.
Over the course of his career, he has received many honors, including the Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award, the Farrington Daniels Award and the Sylvia Fedoruk Prize. In 2018, he received the Gold Medal from the American Society for Radiation Oncology. Jaffray has an interest in commercialization and has led the development of a variety of commercial products, including software and hardware for safe, high-quality cancer care and the development of numerous radiation therapy technologies, including the development of cone-beam CT guided radiation therapy.
Jaffray earned his bachelor’s in physics from the University of Alberta and his doctorate in medical biophysics from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He is also board certified in the discipline of Medical Physics by the American Board of Medical Physics.