George T. 'Buddy' Hickman, C-DHE, CHCIO, LCHiME, FCHiME, LFHIMSS, CPHIMS

Roswell Park Welcomes New Chief Digital & Information Officer

George T. ‘Buddy’ Hickman brings three decades of healthcare leadership to cancer center

  • Has led efforts at academic health-sciences systems, critical access providers
  • Career spans 30 years in healthcare senior leadership roles
  • Will work on IT and digital health solutions for patients and staff

BUFFALO, N.Y. —  Following a national search, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has selected George T. “Buddy” Hickman as its new Chief Digital & Information Officer. Hickman succeeds Tom Furlani, PhD, who retires this month.

Hickman comes to Roswell Park with 30 years of experience in healthcare senior leadership. He was most recently with First Health Advisory, where he served as Chief Strategy Officer. Previously, Hickman has held Chief Information Officer roles with health systems across the United States. As CDIO, Hickman will lead a team of Roswell Park information technology experts to craft both IT and digital health solutions to benefit patients, clinicians, researchers and business operations.

“Information systems are so critical to every facet of 21st-century healthcare, and Buddy brings a vision and excitement that he will put to work for the benefit of our patients and his colleagues across our locations,” says Candace S. Johnson, PhD, President, CEO and M&T Bank Presidential Chair in Leadership at Roswell Park.

Hickman earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is a past board chair of the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHiME) and Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He joins the Roswell Park senior leadership team on January 15.


From the world’s first chemotherapy research to the PSA prostate cancer biomarker, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center generates innovations that shape how cancer is detected, treated and prevented worldwide. Driven to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity, the Roswell Park team of 4,000 makes compassionate, patient-centered cancer care and services accessible across New York State and beyond. Founded in 1898, Roswell Park was among the first three cancer centers nationwide to become a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and is the only one to hold this designation in Upstate New York. To learn more about Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Roswell Park Care Network, visit, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email


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