St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital names Keith Perry as Chief Information Officer

Perry, a respected industry veteran, brings leadership in all aspects of information technology

Memphis, Tennessee, August 17, 2015

Keith Perry, CIO

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has named Keith Perry as chief information officer (CIO) to provide strategic counsel and leadership for the hospital’s information technology initiatives.  

“Our internal IT systems and operations play a critical role in the success of our institution,” said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude president and chief executive officer. “Keith’s extensive knowledge will support the utilization of new technologies and advancements to provide the highest quality of care for our patients and families.”

Perry joins St. Jude from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where he served as associate vice president and deputy chief information officer. Some of his greatest accomplishments in this role include; managing the division’s 290 million dollar annual budget, and implementing high performance computing programs to support research and clinical applications, such as next-generation genomic sequencing and proton beam modeling.

“Today, more than ever, technology plays a large role in patient care and a hospital’s organization,” said Perry. “I look forward to being part of the St. Jude team and contributing to the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children.”

Perry earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and an MBA from the University of Houston.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments developed at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. To learn more, visit stjude.org or follow the hospital on Twitter and Instagram at @stjuderesearch.