Dr. Ron Dorn entered the Army while at the University of New Mexico Medical School during the Vietnam War. Upon graduation, he moved to Washington DC where he ended up serving as the Chief of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Cancer Program. Eventually, he made his way out to Boise in 1983 and joined the Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI). He retired from the Army, active duty and reserves, in the early 1990’s with a rank of Colonel.
Though patient care has always been his first love, Dr Dorn says he has also had many incredible opportunities including directing a large brain tumor research program at Idaho National Laboratory (late 80’s - mid 90’s). At St Lukes’ MSTI, he served as Executive Medical Director, Chairman of Radiation Oncology, and on the Board of St Luke’s. He has also served a term as President of the Idaho Division of the American Cancer Society.
Dorn cites several important mentors during his career including his teaching chief Dr. M M Kligerman, one of the “fathers” of the field of Radiation Oncology in the United States and Dr Samuel Hellman, another of Dr Kligerman’s trainees. Dr. Hellman has been one of the most influential thought-leaders in the field of oncology during the past 50 years.
After he retired from full-time practice in 2014, Dr. Dorn moved on to a new career and is now Chairman of MIEC, a medical liability/physician services company headquartered in Oakland, CA. MIEC was formed as the West’s first truly physician-owned med-mal insurer and was pivotal in the Idaho market after the industry's malpractice crises in the 1970’s and 1980’s when several companies fled the regional market.
His other off time activities have included triathlons (completing the Ironman in Hawaii as the state age-group Champion in Idaho), ultramarathons and scuba diving. He was a founding Board member of the Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research and was a team physician on that organization’s seminal mountain climb of Aconcagua in 1995.
He has served on the Board of the Discovery Center of Idaho for almost 20 years and considers the promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education as a critical need in our state and country. He and his wife celebrate their fiftieth anniversary this year.
Dr. Dorn’s encourages physicians to engage with the community and organized medicine - as difficult as that may be in the context of a busy clinical practice. He believes that type of work outside the office is important both to our patients and to society as a whole.