This year marks my fifth anniversary as director of UVA Cancer Center, and I’m as excited today as my first day by the care, energy, and dedication I see daily. Thanks to our incredible teams, we see patients in 90 counties throughout Virginia and West Virginia and serve a population of over four million residents. In our labs, I’ve witnessed tremendous research advances in the areas of immunotherapy, nanotechnology, and cell signaling. I’ve seen our community benefit from our expertise in clinical research, with clinical trial enrollment increasing by almost 100%.
Looking ahead, you’ll see some physical changes to the Couric building. We’re renovating 26,000 square feet on the fourth floor to expand our infusion center and state-of-the-art clinic spaces. Since May 2016, 33 stellar new faculty members have been recruited. Two of the newest faces you’ll see are Dr. Michael Engel, division chief for our pediatric hematology/ oncology program, and Dr. Li Li, co-leader of cancer control and population health in the UVA Cancer Center.
Beyond our walls, we are expanding our regional outreach with new community oncology practices in Charlottesville at Pantops, Culpeper, and Augusta, offering the UVA care you’ve come to expect, closer to home. With telemedicine, we are better able to reach underserved areas, including providing screenings for bladder, lung, and breast cancer throughout southwest Virginia.
I’m very proud to be at UVA. Our donors, volunteers, faculty, and nurses have made so much possible, and I can’t wait to see what the next five years will bring.