Dr. Gordon Grado
Kauā Nui (Surgeon General) / Surgeon General
Renowned oncologist Dr. Gordon Grado has been appointed as Surgeon General, Kauā Nui, for The Kingdom of Hawai`i. As Surgeon General, Dr. Grado will oversee the construction and implementation of the Tree of Life Royal Healing Hospital & Research Campus.
Dr. Grado, founder and medical director of the Southwest Oncology Centers and the Grado Radiation Center of Excellence, has helped develop prostate brachytherapy programs worldwide for early stage, advanced and recurrent prostate cancer.
Dr. Grado also heads the prostate brachytherapy program at the University of Minnesota Prostate Cancer Center and the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition to his private practice, he has held academic appointments at high level institutions, including Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine.
Dr. Grado has given hundreds of presentations throughout the world, and has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on the subject of oncology. In June 2000, he was personally invited by Jane Hull, the governor of Arizona, to serve on the Prostate Cancer Task Force.
Dr. Grado, who received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Eastern in 1974, was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the EIU Alumni Association in 2006. He works personally with his alma mater to establish meaningful programs for its students. He has shown particular interest in helping to mentor pre-medical students to support them in realizing their dreams of becoming practicing physicians. The Dr. Gordon Grado Pre-Medicine Internship program allows EIU students to fly out to his Arizona cancer facility and spend at least a week interning.
Grado’s successes in both hospitals and private practice settings are inspirational. He and his wife, Mary, have helped support and develop cancer treatment centers in the U.S., Mexico, Latin America and the Middle East. Dr. Grado takes a personal interest in training the doctors and technicians who handle the daily operations of the clinics, and maintains an active role in their success.
Grado has met the needs of thousands of patients, bringing them both healing and hope. Furthermore, he has shared his knowledge and skills with hundreds of students, residents and colleagues to expand his effect.