National Cancer Institute Renews Georgetown Lombardi Top Designation

Explore this page to find the official news release about this achievement as well as supporting information about the cancer center and its work.

Breaking News:
Georgetown’s Cancer Center Awarded Top Designation by Federal Government

Designation as Comprehensive Cancer Center Consortium Includes John Theurer Cancer Center

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The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded its most prestigious designation — “comprehensive cancer center” status — to Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its high-impact research, community outreach and cancer care. Georgetown Lombardi is the only such center in the Washington area.

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An NCI Designation: What Does It Mean For Patients?

Dr. Liu and Jaime and Lourdes Posada walk together on Georgetown's campus

Jaime Posada was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and given two to six months to live. That was in 2017, before he came to Georgetown Lombardi.

A woman talks seriously with her caregiver

John L. Marshall, MD, chief medical officer of Georgetown Lombardi, explains what being treated at a “Comprehensive Cancer Center” means from a patient’s perspective.

Dr. Lou Weiner

“This highly coveted cancer center support grant requires considerable virtuosity in laboratory and translational research, clinical research, population science research, community outreach and engagement, and in training the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians.”

Louis M. Weiner, MD, Director, Georgetown Lombardi

Georgetown Lombardi by the Numbers

(Note: Timeframe of cited statistics is the past five years)

2Campus Locationsin DC and New Jersey
6.5 MillionPeoplein Our DC & New Jersey Service Areas
$35M+TotalCancer-Related Funding
64%Increasein Peer-Reviewed Grants for Research
Over 50%Increase inGrants with Multiple Principal Investigators
$2.2Min Training Award Funding3 T32 Training Grants
114Research Faculty Members54 New in Past Five Years
3Research ProgramsInvestigating the Cancer Continuum From Genes to Populations
28%of 1,000+ Research PublicationsPublished in High-Impact Journals

Who We Serve

Georgetown Lombardi, together with our academic health system partner, MedStar Health, and our consortium research partner, John Theurer Cancer Center, serves 6.5 million people living in the District of Columbia and neighboring counties in Maryland and Virginia, as well as northern New Jersey.

Two maps show the location of the areas Georgetown Lombardi serves in the DC metro area and northern New Jersey in dark blue, with counties labeled and two star and map point shapes

How We Serve

Dr. Chul Kim speaks with a patient

Georgetown Lombardi is able to provide the quality of care to those it serves thanks to robust clinical partnerships with our academic health system partner, MedStar Health, including clinical affiliate sites MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and with our research consortium partner, John Theurer Cancer Center, and its network of clinics and hospitals in New Jersey.

Georgetown Lombardi’s Impact