GW Formally Launches New GW Cancer Center

GW makes a historic commitment in the fight against cancer, holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration for the new GW Cancer Center
GWCC group photo

WASHINGTON (Dec. 8, 2016) - The George Washington University (GW) formally launched the GW Cancer Center with a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The celebration took place on the eighth floor of the Science and Engineering Hall, where the new GW Cancer Center offices and lab spaces are located. The event signals a historic commitment from GW in the fight against cancer and the commitment to finding a cure.

“Today is the beginning of a challenging, but highly rewarding journey," said Eduardo Sotomayor, M.D., the inaugural director of the GW Cancer Center. “Here, we will drive innovative research, personalized patient care, and cancer policy in the nation’s capital. We are ready to achieve great things here at GW."

Speakers at the grand opening celebration included Steven S. Knapp, Ph.D., president of GW, Douglas R. Lowy, M.D., acting director of the National Cancer Institute, and Ellen V. Sigal, Ph.D., chairperson and founder of Friends of Cancer Research. In attendance were community leaders, cancer physicians and researchers, alumni, students, and friends.

The vision of the GW Cancer Center is to “drive innovative research, personalized patient care, and cancer policy in the nation’s capital," and its charge is:

  • To integrate under the umbrella of the GW Cancer Center all cancer research, clinical cancer care, and cancer control/prevention and outreach initiatives at GW, GW Hospital, the GW Medical Faculty Associates, the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GW, and affiliated health systems
  • To build a premier cancer center that excels in cancer research, clinical investigations, cancer prevention/control and policy as well as education and patient outreach
  • To apply for a Cancer Center Support Grant and achieve National Cancer Institute designation within the decade

“We have a bold, but humble approach to cancer care and research: to put patients first," said Sotomayor. “We at the GW Cancer Center are looking forward to partnering with you."

To learn more about the GW Cancer Center, please visit

Media: For photos of the event or for more information, please contact Lisa Anderson at or 202-994-3121.


About the GW Cancer Center
The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center is a collaboration between the GW Hospital, the GW Medical Faculty Associates, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at GW to expand GW’s efforts in the fight against cancer. The GW Cancer Center also incorporates all existing cancer-related activities at GW, serving as a platform for future cancer services and research development. Learn more about the GW Cancer Center at

Latest News

Sharad Goyal, MD, MS, is among 48 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) members to receive the 2024 ASTRO Fellow (FASTRO) designation.
Elmer Huerta’s path from treating cancer to educating patients on how to prevent and control the disease took him from Peru to Baltimore and, finally, to Washington, DC, and the GW Cancer Center. Here, he leads the Cancer Preventorium, which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year — a…
Meg Jewett's dedication to her patients is proof that she’s doing the right job in the right place. Whether she’s walking alongside a GW Cancer Center patient as they navigate their cancer journey, taking her rescue dog, Scout, for an early morning jaunt, or envisioning a better life for residents…