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Allegheny Health Network Collaboration

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and Allegheny Health Network collaboration was established in 2014 and designed to foster clinical accomplishments, medical education, and a broad range of cancer research initiatives. The organizations will work together on an array of initiatives that will support cancer care and research.
  • Learn More

    Learn more about Allegheny Health Network.

  • Research and Discovery

    A fund for cancer research has been established that spans bench to bedside research interests at Johns Hopkins and Allegheny Health Network.


Clinical Consultation

Johns Hopkins physicians will provide consultative services including second opinions to AHN oncologists for rare cancer cases and novel therapies that may include clinical trials.  Certain clinical trials may also be extended to AHN facilities, when appropriate. AHN physicians interested in initiating peer-to-peer or second opinion consultations should contact the Program Administrator.

What is the Allegheny Health Network?

Allegheny Health Network is a western Pennsylvania-based integrated healthcare system that serves patients from across a five state region that includes Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  Allegheny Health Network’s cancer program currently includes more than 200 clinical trials offered throughout its network of hospitals and clinics. The Network includes more than 80 medical, surgical and radiation oncology physician practices, one of the state’s largest bone marrow transplant and cellular therapy programs, and the nation’s largest – and western Pennsylvania’s only – radiation oncology network accredited by both the American Society for Radiation Oncology and American College of Radiology. 

Patient Stories

Watch our patient stories that are examples of coming to Johns Hopkins for a second opinion because no one else could help or to receive the newest treatment or because you have an extra complexity to your situation.

Quality and Safety

The two institutions will participate in joint projects designed to improve the quality and safety of cancer care including developing and implementing standards of care and quality benchmarks for AHN disease sites, as needed.  


Kimmel Cancer Center experts will provide continuing medical education opportunities for AHN physicians and allied health professionals, including monthly grand rounds and allied health presentations delivered by Johns Hopkins staff onsite at an AHN facility. AHN physicians and allied health professionals will also have the opportunity to participate in clinical observerships at Johns Hopkins. 

Research and Discovery

As part of the collaboration, a fund for cancer research has been established that spans bench to bedside research interests at Johns Hopkins and Allegheny Health Network. Research will focus on basic, translational, clinical and population studies that aim to reveal cancer triggers and treatments, develop clinical trials of new treatments, and quality of life and survival outcomes research. Johns Hopkins and AHN physicians/scientists, researchers and other health professionals are eligible to apply for research grants focused on cancer discovery and patient care. More information, including eligibility and grant requirements, are available through ahnoncacce[email protected].

  • Each application requires a Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center member or AHN researcher as PI or Co-PI. There is a limit of one application per Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center member or AHN researcher as PI or Co-PI. Applications that propose collaborations between the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and AHN researchers will be favorably received.

  • No. Applications are welcome that focus on a specific cancer type or that address issues that span features that are common across multiple cancers. Applications that have the potential to bring new approaches and expertise to bear on important problems in cancer research will be favorably received.

  • No. Neither scores nor comments will be returned to applicants.

  • The budget should describe in one page or less how funds would be distributed among personnel, supplies, and equipment. Faculty salaries can be included or excluded at the preference of the applicant. Budgets can be proposed that should include direct costs per year, for up to two years. No indirect costs can be included.

  • No. Hopkins-AHN awards must propose aims that are distinct from other funded projects. This will be assessed on a Just In Time basis by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center staff following review and prior to the final announcement of Awards.

Service and Patient Support

The organizations will work together to strengthen their respective supportive care programs, such as palliative care, survivorship, cancer screening and prevention, cancer pre-habilitation and rehabilitation and cancer navigation programs.

Contact the Program Administrator

For additional information on programs related to the collaboration, contact the program administrator at [email protected].
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