Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Fast Facts

(All statistics represent FY 2011 data unless otherwise noted.) To learn more about Sylvester, view our Publications.

Established: UM Cancer Center 1972; opened as dedicated, comprehensive cancer center in 1992

Physicians and scientists: More than 250 devoted exclusively to cancer care and research (all are faculty of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine)

Philanthropy: $10.8 million

Sponsored program funding: $49 million annually in research grants

Clinical trials underway: 168 total; 92 therapeutic, 76 non-therapeutic

Clinical trial accruals: 1386 total; 80 therapeutic, 1306 non-therapeutic

Inpatient beds: 40

Surgery suites: 4

Inpatient admissions: 1,143

Outpatient visits: 305,656

Surgical cases: 2,426

Patients receiving chemotherapy: 32,383

Radiation therapy procedures: 67,521

Patient volume: 4,115 new cancer patients; 2,467 new cancer patients supervised by UM faculty at Jackson Memorial Hospital (figures reported to State of Florida as of September 2011)

Patient base: 46% from Miami-Dade County; 19% from Broward County; 19% from Palm Beach County; 2% International; 14% Other

Accreditations: American College of Surgeons (ACOS); American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (ASCO QOPI); Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by American College of Radiology (ACR); Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA); Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP); and The Joint Commission. In addition, radiology and medical imaging hold numerous credentials and are fully licensed.

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Affiliations: Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI); Jackson Health System; and Comprehensive Cancer Center Consortium for Quality Improvement


  • Stephen D. Nimer, M.D, Director, Sylvester
  • Joan Scheiner, Chair, Sylvester Board of Governors
  • W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., F.A.C.S., Chief Medical Officer, Sylvester/UMHC – University of Miami Hospital & Clinics
  • Marc Lippman, M.D., Deputy Director, Sylvester
  • Richard Ballard, Hospital Administrator/ CEO, Sylvester/UMHC – University of Miami Hospital & Clinics
  • Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., F.A.C.C., Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs; Dean, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Julio Frenk, Ph.D., President, University of Miami

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