Leadership Corner

A Note from Tom Loughran, MD

UVA Cancer Center Director Tom Loughran, MD
(Photo: UVA Health System)

For the UVA Cancer Center, 2017 was a year of momentum. We’re currently the only cancer center in Virginia nationally ranked by the U.S. News & World Report, and we’re among the top three percent of cancer centers in the nation. For the fifth consecutive year, Becker’s Hospital Review has named UVA Cancer Center to its list of 100 hospitals and health systems with great oncology programs. UVA was the only health system in Virginia on that list. 

In the lab, our research spans basic discovery to starting the first gene therapy clinical trial in Virginia. We’re diagnosing cancer sooner and treating it more effectively thanks to specialized screenings offered by our high-risk breast and ovarian cancer program and high-risk pancreatic cancer program. 

Just as importantly, some of the greatest minds in cancer research have chosen UVA as their new home. Karen Ballen, MD; Francine Garrett-Bakelman, MD, PhD; Bob Klesges, PhD; Daniel “Trey” Lee, MD; and Lawrence G. Lum, MD, DSc., are invaluable additions to our team. 

Conquering this disease is a group effort, and it starts in the labs, in the clinics, and in the community. Thank you for being a part of it. I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring. 

-Tom Loughran Jr., MD 

Director, UVA Cancer Center 


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