Robert W. Stone is chief executive officer and president of City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment institution dedicated to innovation in biomedical research and the delivery of compassionate, world-class patient care. Stone sets the strategic vision for City of Hope, driving business development and maximizing potential growth. He leads a diverse team of talented high-level individuals committed to humanitarian service and to ensuring access to the institution’s breakthrough discoveries and specialized therapies.
In his career at City of Hope, Stone has served in a number of increasingly responsible roles. He joined City of Hope in 1996 as associate general counsel and was promoted to general counsel for the medical center in 2000. In 2003, he was named City of Hope’s general counsel and corporate secretary. He became City of Hope’s chief strategy and administrative officer in 2009, leading the creation and development of the organization’s 10-year strategic plan.
Stone also served as president and executive officer of the City of Hope Medical Foundation, an entity launched in June 2011 to increase collaboration between physicians and staff and to enable more coordinated care for patients. In this role, Stone worked with the foundation board to plan, design and implement the foundation strategy. He was also responsible for the day-to-day management of the foundation, including overseeing the foundation-operated clinics, the management services staff of the foundation and managed-care contracting for City of Hope.
As president of City of Hope, a role he assumed in August 2012, Stone was responsible for executing the strategy for the larger institution, guiding business development and overseeing all operational, financial, human capital and strategic functions. He assumed the dual role of chief executive officer in January 2014.
Prior to City of Hope, Stone was a practicing attorney at the firms of Christa & Jackson and Hanna and Morton. He earned his law degree at the University of Chicago Law School.