Timothy Gilligan

Dr. Timothy Gilligan is a medical oncologist, Vice-Chair for Education, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. He serves as Director of Coaching at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication, which has trained over 5000 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in a one-day small-group experiential communication skills course. Dr. Gilligan received his medical degree from Stanford University and trained in internal medicine and medical oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He has appointments in the departments of Hematology & Medical Oncology, Urology and Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, where he served as Program Director of the hematology/oncology fellowship from 2006-2015. Dr. Gilligan has completed the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH) three-year Facilitator-in-Training program and is a member of the AACH faculty. At the Cleveland Clinic and other hospitals and at national and international conferences, he teaches communication skills, team-building, and coaching, and trains others to teach communication skills. Dr. Gilligan works on quality of care and clinical practice guidelines with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Cancer Institute. He currently co-chairs the ASCO panel writing guidelines on patient-physician communication in oncology. In his clinical practice, he specializes in urological cancers (with a focus on testis cancer) and has published numerous original research articles, reviews, book chapters and guidelines in his field. He speaks regularly at national oncology meetings and board review courses.