Chris Sullivan Joins Moffitt Cancer Center Board of Advisors

August 04, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. – Moffitt Cancer Center announces the appointment of Chris Sullivan to its national Board of Advisors, a growing group of prominent individuals who serve as Moffitt ambassadors and offer their expertise and counsel on issues relating to the cancer center.

Sullivan founded Outback Steakhouse in 1988 with Bob Basham, Tim Gannon, and Trudy Cooper and served as former Chairman and CEO of Outback Steakhouse, Inc (OSI). The company went public in 1991, and over the next 15 years Sullivan collaborated with the founders of Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion to develop and operate more than 1,400 restaurants worldwide.  In 2007, OSI was sold and renamed Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. Sullivan serves on Bloomin’ Brands Board of Directors. His current partnerships include Lee Roy Selmon’s Sports Restaurants; Carmel Café and Wine Bar; MenuPad, LLC; ConSul Partners, LLC; and numerous restaurant industry investments. 

A longtime friend and supporter of Moffitt Cancer Center, Sullivan donated $5 million to Moffitt last December, to help address the pressing need to develop more effective therapies for patients with melanoma.  Sullivanalso serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and is active in numerous charitable organizations focusing on catastrophic diseases, post-traumatic stress disorder and education.

Sullivan is married to Sandi and has two adult children, Alex and Ashley, and two step-children, Julie and Milan.

Former Miami Dolphins quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Griese chairs Moffitt’s Board of Advisors.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed as one of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on Florida of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.