Richard L. Deming, MD, Chair of the Board


Dr. Richard Deming is the Medical Director of Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, Iowa and Chairman of the Oncology Service Line at Mercy Medical Center. He came to Mercy Cancer Center in 1989 after spending two years on staff at the National Cancer Institute and National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is originally from South Dakota and graduated summa cum laude from South Dakota State University. He obtained his medical degree from Creighton University in 1980. Dr. Deming completed a residency in radiation oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Deming served as a physician in the United States Navy. He was the Diving Medical Officer for the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Group One.

Dr. Deming is active in many professional oncology organizations. He is the immediate past president of the Iowa Society of Therapeutic Radiology and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Iowa Cancer Consortium, and is a Principal Investigator for the CHI Institute for Research and Innovation. Dr. Deming is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. He is Vice Chairman of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. He is Founder and Chairman of Above + Beyond Cancer. Dr. Deming is a member of the Iowa Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society and previously served on the Board of Directors for the former American Cancer Society Midwest Division.  Dr. Deming was elected to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Board of Directors in 2011.

Dr. Deming has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Making a Difference Award from the American Cancer Society, the Sword of Hope Award for Healthcare Promotion, the Light of Wellness Leadership Award from the Iowa Wellness Council, the Volunteer of the Year Award from the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, the Lane Adams Quality of Life Award from the American Cancer Society, the Iowa Cancer Champion Award from the Iowa Cancer Consortium, and the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from Drake University and from Simpson College. He received the National Volunteer Leadership Award from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in 2015.

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