University of Florida
Shands Cancer Center
Overview The University of Florida Shands Cancer Center is a nationally recognized cancer center with nearly
300 clinicians and scientists and hundreds of research assistants, nurses, technicians and staff in Gainesville and
Jacksonville, Fla. Multidisciplinary teams from colleges within the Health Science Center, including the College
of Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Public Health and Health Professions, as well
agriculture and life sciences, work in collaboration to help speed discovery and treatment options for individuals
diagnosed with cancer. Center Members are world-renowned experts who have participated in the research and
development of many of the diagnostic and treatment methods used as standard medical practice today.
Mission The mission of the UF Shands Cancer Center is to provide state of the art cancer treatment, prevention,
control and education, while conducting original scientific research.
" W. Stratford May, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
UF Shands Cancer Center
A. Dr. May, an internationally recognized cancer researcher
in the areas of bone marrow transplant and signal transduction and
apoptosis, became the first full-time director of the UF Shands Cancer Center Assoc
in 1999. He is the Harry F. Innes Professor in Cancer Research and Chief of
the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Florida College of
Medicine. Dr. May has earned many awards and honors during his career for Associa
outstanding cancer research, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's
50th Anniversary Award and 2003 Leadership Award. Dr. May currently
serves on the executive committee of the Florida Dialogue on Cancer and
was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Cancer Council (2004-
The Proton Beam Therapy Institute (Jacksonville, Fla.) opens
Summer 2006. This is the first facility to offer proton beam
therapy in Florida and the fifth in the nation. /
The 200-bed Shands at UF Cancer Hospital (Gainesville, Fla.) r ,
begins construction in 2006. Completion is estimated for
The 280,000 square foot UF Cancer Research and Genetics Institute Building (Gainesville, Fla.)
opens in Summer 2006.
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John R. Wingard, M.D.
Deputy Director, Gainesville
Joseph F Woelkers, M.A.
Chief Administrative Officer
William G. Cance, M.D.
iate Director, Clinical Affairs, Gainesville
James C. Chingos, M.D., C.P.E
te Director, Clinical Affairs, Jacksonville
Edward W. Scott, Ph.D.
Associate Director. Shared Resources
Stephen R Sugrue, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Basic Research
Our Multidisciplinary Approach
The UF Shands Cancer Center's multidisciplinary teams provide treatment options based on traditional methods and innovative research alternatives
for several areas including:
Bone Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Lung Cancer
Brain Cancer Gynecological Cancer Pediatric Oncology
Breast Cancer Head and Neck Cancer Prostate/Urinary Cancer
Endocrine Cancer Leukemia/Lymhoma/Myeloma Skin Cancer
Our teams include world renowned individuals from many disciplines surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, diagnostic
and interventional radiology, psycho-social, as well as members from sub-specialty medicine and surgical disciplines.
Points of Pride
1948 Florida's first cancer program is established in Jacksonville
1972 First gynecologic oncology program is established in Jacksonville
1976 The Division of Hematology/Oncology is established
1981 Florida's first Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (one of the largest in the Southeast) is established
1983 Florida's first pediatric bone marrow transplant is performed
1986 University of Florida's Hope Lodge is built to provide cancer patients a comforting home
1987 Radiation Oncology is established as a separate department under the leadership of Rodney R. Million, M.D.
1988 One of the nation's first centers for LINAC radio surgery is established; UF physicians perform Florida's first radio surgery procedure
1990 Southeast's first pediatric neuro-oncology center opens
1995 Nation's third and Southeast's first placenta/umbilical cord blood bank is established
1995 Florida's first pediatric placenta/umbilical cord blood transplant for leukemia is performed
1996 Florida's first adult placenta/umbilical cord blood transplant for leukemia is performed
1998 UF, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and Shands at UF form the Cord Blood Tissue Bank
1999 Florida's first "mini" bone marrow transplant is performed
1999 The Center for Hepatobiliary Disease at Shands at UF is formed
2000 Florida's first pediatric placenta/umbilical cord blood transplant for sickle-cell anemia is performed
2000 The Bone Marrow Transplant Program is the first in Florida to receive national accreditation
2001 UF Shands Cancer Center named to nationwide Association of American Cancer Institutes
2001 Southeast's first to use the CT-Guide for more effective biopsies
2001 First in North Florida to offer ductal lavage to breast cancer patients in North Florida
2002 First in Florida and second in Southeast to participate in a multi-center, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma clinical trial conducted at 25
institutions throughout North America
2002 University of Florida surgeons develop technique that improves the accuracy of sentinel node biopsy
2002 Center launches Jacksonville's first multidisciplinary thoracic oncology program
2002 Center selected as first core center for bone marrow transplant research by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Hematopoietic
Cell Therapy (FAHCT)
2005 Center is founding member of the national consortium, POETIC, aimed at testing new therapies in children with cancer
2006 Florida's first and the nation's fifth facility offering proton beam therapy opens in Jacksonville (Summer 2006)
2006 The 280,000 square foot UF Cancer & Genetics Research Building opens in Gainesville (Summer 2006)
2006 Construction of the 200-bed Shands at the University of Florida Cancer Hospital begins in Gainesville (completion est. 2009)
last updated on7/11/06