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About Our Center

The name Johns Hopkins has become synonymous with excellence in research and patient care.  Its science and medical programs earn more federal research dollars than any other medical institution in the country.

Since its opening in 1973, our Cancer Center has led the world in deciphering the mechanisms of cancer and new ways to treat it.  The strength of our research and treatment programs was recognized early on by the National Cancer Institute, becoming one of the first to earn comprehensive cancer center status and recognition as a “Center of Excellence.”

One of only 45 cancer centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has active programs in clinical research, laboratory research, education, community outreach, and prevention and control. The Kimmel Cancer Center is the only Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state of Maryland. More on the NCI's Cancer Centers Program, including a locator map.

Virtual Tour and Patient Care

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Virtual Tour

Experience the Center by taking a virtual tour of our clinical care building. "Walk" through our facilities to learn more about services and programs. Prepare for your first visit with this step-by-step guide.

Experience the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center by taking a virtual tour of our clinical care building. "Walk" through our facilities to learn more about services and programs. Prepare for your first visit with this step-by-step guide through our center.

Patients who visit the Kimmel Cancer Center have access to some of the most innovative and advanced therapies in the world. Because Kimmel Cancer Center research scientists and clinicians work closely together, new drugs and treatments developed in the laboratory are quickly transferred to the clinical setting, offering patients constantly improved therapeutic options.

The Kimmel Cancer Center encompasses a wide spectrum of specialty programs for both adults and children coping with cancer, including bone marrow transplantation and new drug development. Additionally,those at high risk for breast, ovarian, colon and other cancers, may seek information about early detection, prevention, and genetic counseling through a comprehensive genetics service.


The Kimmel Cancer Center also offers complete family and patient services that include a Cancer Counseling Center, survivors and palliative care programs, and the 39 suite, Hackerman-Patz Patient and Family Pavilion for patients and their families traveling from out-of-town.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building is our clinical care cancer facility and the Bunting Blaustein Cancer Research Building is our state-of-the-art cancer research and teaching building, both of which opened in 2000. In 2006, the Kimmel Cancer Center opened the Koch Cancer Research Building, which mirrors and connects to the Bunting Blaustein Building.

Art of Healing Program

The Art of Healing program creates an environment with technology to heal the human body but create an environment that was nurturing and comforting to mend the human spirit.  The result is a unique art and music program, including a collection of more than 122 pieces of museum-quality artwork placed throughout the Center as well as live music and dance performances.

Distinguished Honors

  • Stephen Baylin, M.D., received the NCI Alfred G. Knudson Award in Cancer Genetics (2010)
  • Carol Greider, Ph.D., received a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery that the enzyme telomerase restores telomeres (tiny protective caps that protect the ends of chromosomes) and protects them from damage. The connection of telomeres and telomerase to cancer development is a major area of research. (2009)
  • Bert Vogelstein, M.D., was awarded the American Society of Clinical Oncology Science of Oncology Award. (2009)
  • Benjamin Carson, M.D., was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, for groundbreaking contributions to medicine and inspiring American’s youth to fulfill their educational and personal potential. (2009)
  • Kimmel Cancer Center researchers Stephen Baylin, M.D., and James Herman, M.D., led the Science Watch list of international leaders in the field of epigenetics. (2009)
  • Nancy Davidson, M.D., is elected president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. (William Nelson, M.D., and Martin Abeloff, M.D., are past presidents of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  Donald Coffey, Ph.D., is a past president of the American Association of Cancer Research. (2007)
  • The American Society of Clinical Oncology identifies Kimmel Cancer Center research identifying behaviors and risk factors in HPV-associated oral cancers as one of the six most significant clinical advances. (2007)
  • With more than 90,000 references between them,  five Kimmel Cancer Center investigators were found, in data collected by Thomson Scientific Science Watch to be the most frequently cited in cancer research from 1995-2005. With researchers Stephen Baylin, James Herman, Kenneth Kinzler, David Sidransky, and Bert Vogelstein accounting for the top five in oncology, the Kimmel Cancer Center is dubbed a cancer research powerhouse having profound influence on modern scientific thought.  (2005)
  • Our cancer center was renamed the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center  at Johns Hopkins—after Sidney Kimmel, founder and chairman of Jones Apparel Group, donated $150 million for cancer research and care to Johns Hopkins University, marking the largest single gift to the institution.  (2001)
  • Molecular genetics pioneer Bert Vogelstein, M.D., is found by Thomson Scientific Science Watch to be the most frequently cited scientist in all of medicine making his cancer gene studies the classic model for all cancer research. (2000)

Onc Live and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Collaboration

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OncLive and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center are collaborating to raise awareness of leading innovations in cancer care through OncLive’s Strategic Alliance Partnership program.

The strategic alliance will give healthcare professionals and patients direct, timely access to important oncology research and clinical practice news from the Kimmel Cancer Center and more than 30 other leading cancer centers, nursing schools and physician groups around the country via OncLive’s publications.

OncLive is the official Website for the Oncology Specialty Group, which publishes Oncology & Biotech News, OncologyLive, Urologists in Cancer Care, Oncology Nursing News, andContemporary Oncology. The mission of OncLive and these publications is to provide oncology professionals with the resources and information they need to provide the best patient care.



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