Gifts to Stephenson Cancer Center

Spring 2013

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Private gifts and grants are providing significant funding to recruit medical specialists and cancer research scientists to the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center, according to University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren. The early funding success has put OU ahead of pace with a five-year plan to attract 31 cancer physicians and 20 research scientists, he said.

“We are raising the standard of cancer care and improving our knowledge of the disease that affects far too many Oklahomans,” Boren said.  “With financial support from private donors, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the National Institutes of Health, OU Medical Center and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust, we are ahead of our recruiting goals and are bringing specialists from across the nation to work in our clinics and laboratories.”

OU Medical Center and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust are providing the Cancer Center with funds to recruit cancer physicians. Private donors and other organizations are providing resources to recruit research scientists. In November of 2011, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust joined Boren to announce that it was providing the Stephenson Cancer Center with $30 million over five years. A substantial amount of that funding is used to recruit laboratory scientists who have well-established cancer research programs. In September, Boren announced a $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. This five-year grant provides research infrastructure and resources to benefit young cancer investigators.

Physicians who joined the staff at the Stephenson Cancer Center in the past 12 months include five medical oncologists, four surgical oncologists and one radiation oncologist.