Division of Medical Oncology
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
12801 E. 17th Avenue
Aurora, Colorado 80010
The Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) states that it’s mission is “to perform cutting-edge cancer research, to provide first-rate cancer education, to optimize clinician/basic scientist collegiality and collaboration, and to provide outstanding resources for the support of these activities.”
The Division of Medical Oncology consists of 36 full-time faculty members including 19 MD’s, four Joint MD’s/PhD’s, and 9 PhD’s. The 36 full-time faculty members are located at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Veterans Administration Center, and Denver Health Medical Center. The Division of Medical Oncology at UCHSC also consists of a group of clinician and basic science faculty, research laboratory technicians, and clinical and research trainees.
Lung cancer clinical research at UCHSC has been furthered by participation in the National Institute of Health’s SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) Grant in Lung Cancer. In addition, growth in clinical research trials has occurred through the help of cooperative groups as well as pharmaceutical companies and investigator initiated studies.
Medical Oncology Division members have achieved continued success in their basic research activities. They have played an important role in the initiation of a Genetics Program, and research into basic molecular biology of melanoma has also been featured. In addition, members of the Division of Medical Oncology have directed the Cytogenetics Core in developing new services such as fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH); a new DNA Sequencing Core has been established, and the Tumor Immunology Core has received extensive utilization. In addition, a weekly seminar in development therapeutics has been launched.
As part of the University of Colorado Cancer Center (UCCC), the Division of Medical Oncology shares UCCC’s excellent reputation. University of Colorado Cancer Center (UCCC) is ranked 35 th in the nation for excellent cancer care by U.S. News & World Report and it is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). The University of Colorado Cancer Center is the Rocky Mountain Region’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Additionally, several University of Colorado Cancer Center physicians have been ranked in 5280 Magazine’s “2006 Top Doctors.”
The UCCC’s five-year survival rates are higher than the state of Colorado average, and the UCCC early detection, screening, and prevention program is one of the largest in the U.S. The Division of Medical Oncology has hopes to form a regional oncology consortium, and it continues to expand programs in developmental therapeutics and hematologic malignancies.