This is a transformational time in the history of the George Washington University. With its legacy as a health care leader in Washington, D.C., the university has made a monumental investment to establish the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center.

I took the job of leading the GW Cancer Center as its inaugural director because we have a truly unique opportunity. We can build a cancer center of the future—one that is dynamic, flexible, and uniquely suited to improve the cancer health care system. By strategically focusing our strengths and taking a proactive approach to change, we at the GW Cancer Center are committed to advancing the field of cancer care and prevention.

We have ambitious goals here at GW. We aim to attain Comprehensive Cancer Center designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Achieving this milestone will mark the GW Cancer Center as a research hub of distinction and will give us access to NCI grants. However, qualifying for these funds will require hard work and dedication, as well as significant investment from our community of friends and supporters.

I am truly excited to drive transformational research, personalized therapy, family-centered care and cancer policy in the nation’s capital. We are ready to achieve great things here at the GW Cancer Center, and I hope you will be a part of our journey.


Eduardo M. Sotomayor, MD
Dr. Cyrus Katzen Family Director of the GW Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences