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Director's Message

Tulane Cancer Center was established in 1993 with a vision to bring better cancer care and research to the citizens of Louisiana.  We have always followed the best practices recommended by the National Cancer Institutes, with a mission of developing a NCI-designated cancer center for Louisiana.  NCI designation is the gold standard that would help us bring in the best and brightest to develop and provide better care for this devastating disease.  

With this vision and mission in mind, the Tulane Cancer Center has grown steadily, except for a brief period around Hurricane Katrina.  We have developed from a handful of investigators with cancer research grants to over 30 principal investigators with over 50 major grants, bringing in $17 million every year.  In addition, we have established several areas of clinical strength, with multidisciplinary teams that can provide the best care and clinical trials available anywhere. 

I feel lucky to have had the honor and pleasure to work with these incredibly dedicated scientists and physicians.  In addition, it has been really inspiring to have the opportunity to interact with our wonderful community supporters.  

Please use this opportunity to "meet" the Tulane faculty and staff committed to understanding cancer and to meeting the needs of our cancer patients and our community as a whole. Our website describes some of the research and clinical activities of our Cancer Center. We have also posted the educational activities and outreach services available to both the academic community and to the general public.

Should your virtual visit to the Tulane Cancer Center stimulate you to contact us in person, our faculty and staff can be reached by phone or e-mail (please see the Faculty pages). Or, please feel free to contact me directly at pdeinin@tulane.edu or 504-988-3068. We welcome your feedback.

Sincerely yours,
Prescott Deininger, PhD
Director, Tulane Cancer Center
The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation Chair in Oncology
Co-Director, Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium