publication date: Jun. 3, 2016

University of Maryland Cancer Center Earns NCI Comprehensive Designation 


The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center has earned a designation as an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The center announced the NCI designation May 31.

On Aug. 1, when the designation goes in effect, Maryland will become one of the 46 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S.

The Maryland center was granted NCI-Designated Cancer Center status in 2008, and last fall it applied for the comprehensive designation. The center was rated “outstanding” during a site visit in February.

On the day the comprehensive designation was announced, Kevin Cullen, the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor of Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the center’s director, spoke with Paul Goldberg, editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter.


Paul Goldberg: Congratulations, first of all. It’s been a long road. How long did it take altogether?

Kevin Cullen: The Greenebaum Cancer Center got a P20 and applied for NCI designation in 2002 and didn’t get it. I was recruited in 2004, we took a step back and decided we would take a little while to build, so we put the application for designation at the end of 2007 and got the designation in 2008 as a clinical cancer center.

We had one competitive renewal in 2010. The initial grants, as you know, are only for three years. And then this application we … Continue reading 42-22 University of Maryland Cancer Center Earns NCI Comprehensive Designation

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