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 GW Cancer Center (GWCC).

I took the job of leading the GWCC 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 GWCC are committed to advancing the field of cancer care and prevention.

We have ambitious goals at the GWCC. We aim to attain the Comprehensive Cancer Center designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) within 10 years. Achieving this milestone will mark the GWCC 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 innovative research, personalized patient care, and cancer policy in the nation’s capital. We are ready to achieve great things here at George Washington, and I hope you will be a part of our journey.



Eduardo M. Sotomayor, M.D.
Director, GW Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine