Dr. Hutchinson received his B.S. magna cum laude from Boston College, a B.M.S. from Dartmouth and his M.D. from Harvard. He also received an M.S. in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies. He completed his pediatric residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center in 1975, and a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1978. Later in 1978, he joined the faculty of the U-M Medical School, where he is currently a professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, and director for clinical affairs, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. He was co-chair of the Medical School Institutional Review Boards (IRBMED) from 2004-2006.
Dr. Hutchinson’s research program is notable for both its scope and magnitude. He oversees the research activities of the Children's Oncology Group at the U-M, which supports clinical trials for the treatment of many pediatric malignancies. He also has clinical research interests in the use of anti-tumor vaccines to treat patients with resistant sarcoma and other solid tumors, in the use of radiolabelled MIBG to treat patients with neuroblastoma, and in the informed consent process for patients entering stem cell transplant and phase I oncology trials. Additionally, Dr. Hutchinson is a participant in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, an organization funded by the National Institutes of Health to investigate long-term outcomes of children and adolescents surviving their cancers. Finally, he is the local principal investigator for clinical trials done through the Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia (TACL) consortium.
As the associate dean for regulatory affairs, Dr. Hutchinson’s responsibilities include providing leadership, expertise and advice on regulatory issues that impact research in the Medical School and the U-M Health System, including human subject and animal research. He chairs the Medical School’s Compliance Committee and the Conflict-of-Interest Committee, co-chairs the IRBMED Leadership Committee, and serves as a liaison on research regulatory issues for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies to the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Office of Human Research Compliance Review, among others. As associate dean, Dr. Hutchinson serves as a contact for investigators in solving problems related to research regulatory issues, and also interacts with federal and State agencies to enable the Medical School to anticipate, influence and plan for new research regulations.