September 2021



UC San Diego Health, the region’s only academic health system, is dedicated to delivering outstanding patient care through commitment to community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching. Its specialty care for serious and complex conditions is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report and other organizations.

Established in 1978, Moores Cancer Center is San Diego’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. This designation is reserved for centers with the highest achievements in cancer research, clinical care, education and community contributions.

Moores Cancer Center also is the first and only San Diego-based member institution of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers that treat patients with a broad spectrum of cancers and are recognized for dealing with complex, aggressive or rare cancers.

“Moores Cancer Center takes a transformative approach to cancer research and patient care through cancer prevention, detection and treatment,” said Rana McKay, MD.  “Moores’ focus aligns with the POA’s mission to expand precision oncology medicine and improve the lives of all patients with cancer.”

UC San Diego Health’s multidisciplinary team approach includes translating the basic scientific discoveries for their research faculty into new treatments for cancer patients in the clinic.

“The POA brings together leading investigators from institutions across the U.S. to collaborate on investigator-initiated research initiatives that largely aim to link clinical and molecular data to answer hypothesis-driven questions. This platform has tremendous value for advancing the impact of molecular profiling for patients with cancer,” said McKay, who is working alongside Scott Lippman, MD, Director of Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego to bring research and clinical colleagues into the collaboration.

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The Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health:
  • is San Diego’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and member institution of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).

  • has an 808-bed academic health system that includes UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and Jacobs Medical Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Koman Family Outpatient Pavilion and Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, all in La Jolla, as well as primary care and same-day services at clinics throughout southern California.

  • is a part of the San Diego National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Council (C3), a collaborative effort between the three NCI-designated Cancer Centers in the San Diego area (Moores Cancer Center, Salk Institute, and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute) to leverage our collective talents and resources.

  • debuted their revolutionary building on La Jolla campus in April of 2005 bringing together research, education, and clinical care under one roof. This allows clinicians and scientists to communicate more efficiently and work together to advance patient care through translational research.

  • is comprised of 450+ Cancer Center Members, 26 of the most highly-cited cancer researchers in the world, and 260+ clinical trials that are currently enrolling cancer patients.


For more information, visit: Moores Cancer Center


Moores Cancer Center
UC – San Diego Health
University of California
San Diego, CA