Get to Know David Vaughn, Our New Executive Director


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The Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging is thrilled to introduce its new Executive Director: David Vaughn. David joins the Center from his role as Director of Operations for Oncology and Endocrinology at Sutter Health in San Francisco. He previously served in similar roles at the Harvard T.H. Chan School for Public Health and at MIT. With over 15 years of experience working in hospital and academic medical institutions, he is a perfect fit for the Executive Director position and the many, varied responsibilities it brings with it.

Hoping to learn more about David, we sent him a brief list of questions over the weekend. His responses, below, shine a light on who he is both as a person and with respect to his vision for the Center. Clearly, we’re in good hands.


You’re a native of Massachusetts. Are you looking forward to coming back?

I’ve been in San Francisco, California, for three years now. I am looking forward to coming back to Massachusetts! To be closer to family is probably the biggest driver. I do, however, miss all that the Northeast has to offer, such as beaches, skiing, hiking, the seafood, four seasons. I also enjoy the convenience to New York City, Maine, Europe and beyond.

What are some of your goals and priorities for the Center?

As I spoke with members of the Martinos Center family I noticed a common thread. Some of the key areas I’d like to work on are a Strategic Plan and vision for the next 5-10 years. Education—this component, of course, has many facets to it, which I’d like to explore. And philanthropy and fundraising, to allow us to bring on support that could help our junior faculty as well as senior faculty. These three I highlight now, but I look forward to learning more as I come on board and hope to explore other areas as well, always keeping an open mind.

What are you most looking forward to in joining the Center?

The people seem truly amazing from my interactions so far. I love how culturally diverse the Center is as well and love how there are elements to promote this even more, which I hope to be a part of. The cool toys spark my curiosity for sure and I can’t wait to learn more about them! Being around such inspirational individuals also helps to make a better me, which I’m excited for.

How do you like to keep busy when you’re not executive directing a major biomedical research institution?

I am a very social person so I love spending time with friends and family. I typically volunteer within the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. I also enjoy kayaking, biking, swimming and traveling. I like to keep busy, so even in my free time I like to be on the go.