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From blogs to magazines to e-newsletters to audio and video, City of Hope offers a wide array of publications that tell our story and share news of advances in the fight against cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases.
 
 
 
City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS – and so many stories – that we’ve tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they’re all connected.
 
City News
 
Our semiannual magazine features the latest advancements in research and treatment, important news and announcements, events, donor and volunteer recognition, and board and executive appointments.
 
City News Summer 2014 Winter 2013 issue      
     


eHope
 
Discover the latest about our research, treatment and community events by subscribing to this monthly e-newsletter that offers helpful news you can use.


The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.
 
High Hopes

High Hopes is created by patients for patients. It features personal writings from patients, families and friends, as well as useful tips from a friendly, supportive perspective.


HopeCONNECTION

See how your support is making a difference in the fight against cancer in this bimonthly newsletter for friends and supporters of City of Hope.


Physician's Bulletin

City of Hope’s Physician’s Bulletin is a publication for healthcare professionals that provides news and information about current research activities and significant trends in cancer treatment options. It is published six times per year under the direction of City of Hope’s Communications Group.
 
 
Survivorship Connection

A newsletter with health news and tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle after childhood cancer. Each issue will have updated information about survivorship issues and will provide links to resources that can help survivors take charge of their future. Published by City of Hope’s Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program.



Watch the latest on City of Hope’s research efforts and lifesaving care and experience the best of City of Hope in action.
 


 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Press Releases

From scientific discoveries to promising clinical trials, City of Hope constantly advances new and better ways to improve the lives of people here and throughout the world.
 
You can find the latest information on our research, clinical and educational programs through this listing of current press releases.
 
 
City of Hope announces two important developments in the leadership team of its world-renowned Comprehensive Cancer Center: Linda Malkas, Ph.D., will expand her role as deputy director of basic research, and Matthew Ruchin, formerly of Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, will join City of Hope’s center as its associate director.
 
 
Cancer patients who are participating in early-stage clinical trials need extra emotional and physical support due to their additional stress and often unique symptoms.  Now an effort by researchers at City of Hope to create a model for such support has received a $6.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.
 
 
Nationally respected marketing, branding and management expert Lisa Stockmon is joining City of Hope in the new role of chief marketing and communications officer. Stockmon will provide the overall strategic leadership for City of Hope marketing and communications initiatives as the cancer treatment center and biomedical research institution enters a new era of growth and development.
 
 
City of Hope and Wilshire Oncology Medical Group have reached an agreement in which Wilshire physicians will join City of Hope Medical Group, delivering care to patients through City of Hope’s new community practice sites in Glendora, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, West Covina and Corona.
 
 
A $2.5 million gift from the Panda Charitable Foundation will help launch the Program in Natural Therapies at City of Hope, helping researchers investigate the potential of foods and other plant-based ingredients to fight disease.
 
 
Specialized high school educational programs that fast-track students to jobs by providing college-level training and career readiness are heralded as the next revolution in education.
 
7/17/2014 - City of Hope researcher receives grant for new approach against leukemia
 
More than 40 percent of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) will relapse despite receiving aggressive chemotherapy for the disease. A new therapeutic approach, using immune cells known as T cells, could significantly improve their odds.
 
 
A new approach to treating HIV could free patients from the virus’s tyranny for once and for all. The approach will now advance to clinical trials through a $5.6 million grant from the California Regenerative Medicine Institute awarded to a team led by City of Hope.
 
 
Cue will be the first honoree from the technology sector, an acknowledgment of the exciting ways technology and entertainment now intersect to enhance the consumer experience. The award will be presented at a gala dinner in Los Angeles on Oct. 23.
 
 
The clinic, located next to Methodist Hospital of Southern California, will increase the availability of City of Hope’s renowned cancer specialists within the Arcadia community and will provide additional convenience for patients seeking general oncologic surgery and medical oncology services.
 
 
City of Hope researchers report on young adult cancer patients, location of cancer care, medication nonadherence and phase II drug trials of XL184 (cabozantinib) for breast cancer and ABT-888 (veliparib) for lung cancer.
 
 
Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. But many recipients, though overwhelmed with curiosity and the need to express their gratitude, can only dream of meeting the strangers who saved their lives. City of Hope is about to make that dream come true for two patients.
 
 
The funding, made possible by philanthropic support, will be used to recruit highly experienced and well-published scientists to join the Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope. Their areas of research will include cell biology, immunology, diabetic complications, gene regulation and obesity
 
 
A burglary that occurred on Feb. 5, 2014, at Sutherland Healthcare Solutions’ office in Torrance resulted in the theft of eight computers, two of which contained personal information about a small percentage of City of Hope patients and their financial guarantors. Sutherland is an outside vendor that contracts with health care providers, including City of Hope, for certain billing services.
 
 
Yuman Fong, M.D., an internationally recognized expert in hepatobiliary cancer and in the use of genetically modified viruses to combat malignant disease, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at City of Hope.  
 
 
A team of researchers at City of Hope has developed a screening assay that can quickly assess up to 1,536 compounds’ effect on estrogen activity in the body. The test can also evaluate whether chemicals act as inhibitors of aromatase, an enzyme linked to breast cancer that converts androgen to estrogen.
 
 
Five foundations — Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), The Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors — and two anonymous foundations have announced grants totaling $450,000 in support of Dr. Margarita Gutova’s work, allowing her to continue her preclinical studies using neural stem cells to treat medulloblastoma.
 
 
Noted business leader and physician Norman C. Payson, M.D., has been selected as the new chair of the City of Hope board of directors. He began his three-year term on Jan. 1, taking helm of the institution’s board as the research and treatment center launches a new era of growth and scientific investment.
 
 
A team of City of Hope researchers has received a two-year, $1 million Movember-Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Challenge Award for a double-armed project to treat advanced prostate cancer. The team will be studying two novel agents’ promising ability to stage a combined immunotherapeutic attack against prostate cancer cells, which have previously been resistant to such an effort.
 
 
A $10 million gift from Internet-publishing entrepreneurs Emmet and Toni Stephenson and their daughter Tessa Stephenson Brand will fund the creation of the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center at City of Hope, the cornerstone of the institution’s new Hematologic Malignancies Institute.
 
 
City of Hope and Methodist Hospital of Southern California have reached an agreement in which City of Hope will acquire the hospital’s radiation oncology service in Arcadia. The acquisition will expand access to City of Hope’s renowned expertise in radiation therapy and will provide additional convenience for patients seeking specialized cancer services.
 
12/12/2013 - Wishes come true on City of Hope's Rose Parade float
 
For those who have battled cancer, each tomorrow is, in reality, a dream come true. No one knows that better than the 11 cancer survivors who will ride City of Hope’s float at the 125th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
 
 
Prestigious Press Ganey awards honor institutions for outstanding patient satisfaction
City of Hope has earned two prestigious Press Ganey awards for its top-quality patient care, marking its fifth consecutive year of being honored by the healthcare industry’s leading performance improvement firm.
 
State-of-the-art facility will bring top-level, comprehensive care to the region’s cancer patients
The brand-new City of Hope | Antelope Valley Cancer and Community Education Center, which will offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment services plus space for conferences and events, will provide Antelope Valley residents with convenient access to City of Hope’s renowned level of care.
 
 
Understanding that innovation and inclusion are vital to an effective partnership with our patients and the community at large, City of Hope is proud to announce the launch of a Chinese-language website, cn.cityofhope.org, with content focused specifically on the needs of Chinese-speaking patients, caregivers and their families.
 
 
Rosen, an internationally known specialist in hematologic malignancies, will set the scientific direction of City of Hope as it embarks on a new era of strategic growth, shaping the research and educational vision for the  $1.2-billion independent biomedical research, treatment and education institution.
 
 
City of Hope and Providence Health & Services, Southern California, announced today their intent to expand access to uniquely compassionate, high-quality oncology services within the Southern California communities served by Providence.
 

A $6.25 million gift from the estate of Billy and Audrey L. Wilder will be used to create two professorships for City of Hope researchers, along with the Wilder Archives Recognition Gallery at City of Hope.
 
 
The 2013-2014 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” has listed City of Hope as one of the best cancer hospitals in the nation. This marks the tenth year that City of Hope has appeared in the cancer rankings of the “Best Hospitals” report, which recognizes elite hospitals in the U.S.
 
 
City of Hope has been notified of the renewal of the prestigious comprehensive cancer center designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a milestone that marks the institution’s 30th year with an NCI designation.
 

The event will pit longtime rival teams Grand Ole Opry and “After MidNite with Blair Garner” against each other on Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. at Greer Stadium.
 

The therapy works through a two-part process that simultaneously takes apart the tumors’ support network while stimulating the immune system to attack the cancerous cells.
 

The pledge, which will be used to enhance the scientific core and capacity of City of Hope’s Diabetes Research Center by recruiting a nationally acclaimed leader in the field of diabetes research, was given in honor of Annette and Leonard Shapiro, longtime friends and supporters of groundbreaking diabetes research and of City of Hope.
 

Members of those chapters will be celebrating their contributions to City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, at a truly unique luncheon on May 5, 2013 at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, Wash.
 
 
City of Hope, Antelope Valley Hospital, and G. L. Bruno Associates Inc. celebrated the completion of the internal structure of City of Hope | Antelope Valley with a “topping off” ceremony on Friday, April 12, 2013.
 

The Harrows will receive their awards at the West Coast Golf & Tennis Tournament on June 10, 2013 at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, CA. For more information about the event, please contact Yolanda V. Guerrero at 800-272-2310 or yguerrero@coh.org or log on to the event website at www.cityofhope.org/nhfi/tournament.
 

A former executive vice president at WellPoint Inc., overseeing Comprehensive Health Solutions, Levine will lead the medical foundation in its mission to care for, and provide services to, City of Hope patients.
 

City of Hope has received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing the organization’s extraordinary commitment to the health of its employees and their families.
 
 
 

Experts Directory

 
As an independent biomedical research and treatment institution, City of Hope specializes in turning research breakthroughs into new treatments. Other specialists are available through the media hotline at 800-888-5323.
 
MEDICINE:
 
BREAST AND WOMEN’S CANCERS:

GASTROINTESTINAL CANCERS:

  • Joseph Kim, M.D.: Director of the Surgical Oncology Training Program; a specialist in head, upper GI and mixed tumor cancers.
  • 626-471-7100; jokim@coh.org
     
HEMATOLOGY:
  • Stephen J. Forman, M.D.: Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic
    Cell Transplantation; has developed City of Hope into an international leader in leukemia, lymphoma, hematologic malignancy and bone marrow and stem cell transplantation.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 62403; sforman@coh.org
     
  • Leslie Popplewell, M.D.: Specialist in hematopoietic and stem cell transplantation, lymphoma and hematologic malignancies.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 62416; popplewell@coh.org
 
LUNG CANCER:
 
ONCOLOGY:
  • Cy Aaron Stein, M.D.: Arthur & Rosalie Kaplan Chair in Medical Oncology; specializes in drug therapies and new research; also in prostate, bladder and testicular cancers.
  • 626-471-3890; cstein@coh.org
 
PROSTATE CANCER:

RESEARCH:
 
BASIC SCIENCE:
  • Linda Malkas, Ph.D.: Deputy director of Basic Research; specialist in molecular oncology research and importance of translational research.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 68423; lmalkas@coh.org
 
DIABETES:
  • Raynald Samoa, M.D.: Endocrinologist specializing in obesity, childhood obesity.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 65208; rsamoa@coh.org
 
HIV/AIDS:
 
VACCINES:
 

City of Hope Radio Podcasts

From lung cancer screening to sophisticated research and technology discoveries, here you will find valuable cancer health information presented by City of Hope cancer experts.
 
 
 

Media Relations

City of Hope offers members of the media rapid access to scientific and medical experts, news releases, background research, inspirational human interest stories and much more.

We can connect you with investigators and clinicians who can discuss research, treatment and issues related to cancer and other life-threatening diseases, including HIV/AIDS and diabetes. Experts in gene therapy, stem cell research, biotechnology, genetics, prevention, surgical oncology, pain management, end-of-life care and an array of other subjects are also available.

For breaking health news, interviews, photo requests or the most current information and resources available, please call our Media Hotline at 800-888-5323 or email us at media@coh.org.
 
Media Kit
To obtain a media kit or other information about City of Hope, please contact the Media Relations office for assistance. You may also download electronic versions of materials here:
 
City of Hope's institutional, research, clinical and philanthropic distinctions.
 
City of Hope's key achievements over the last 100 years.
 
Extensive report on clinical, research and fund-raising activities for the fiscal year.
 
 

News and Media

News and Media

From blogs to magazines to e-newsletters to audio and video, City of Hope offers a wide array of publications that tell our story and share news of advances in the fight against cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases.
 
 
 
City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS – and so many stories – that we’ve tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they’re all connected.
 
City News
 
Our semiannual magazine features the latest advancements in research and treatment, important news and announcements, events, donor and volunteer recognition, and board and executive appointments.
 
City News Summer 2014 Winter 2013 issue      
     


eHope
 
Discover the latest about our research, treatment and community events by subscribing to this monthly e-newsletter that offers helpful news you can use.


The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.
 
High Hopes

High Hopes is created by patients for patients. It features personal writings from patients, families and friends, as well as useful tips from a friendly, supportive perspective.


HopeCONNECTION

See how your support is making a difference in the fight against cancer in this bimonthly newsletter for friends and supporters of City of Hope.


Physician's Bulletin

City of Hope’s Physician’s Bulletin is a publication for healthcare professionals that provides news and information about current research activities and significant trends in cancer treatment options. It is published six times per year under the direction of City of Hope’s Communications Group.
 
 
Survivorship Connection

A newsletter with health news and tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle after childhood cancer. Each issue will have updated information about survivorship issues and will provide links to resources that can help survivors take charge of their future. Published by City of Hope’s Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program.



Watch the latest on City of Hope’s research efforts and lifesaving care and experience the best of City of Hope in action.
 


 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Press Releases

Press Releases

From scientific discoveries to promising clinical trials, City of Hope constantly advances new and better ways to improve the lives of people here and throughout the world.
 
You can find the latest information on our research, clinical and educational programs through this listing of current press releases.
 
 
City of Hope announces two important developments in the leadership team of its world-renowned Comprehensive Cancer Center: Linda Malkas, Ph.D., will expand her role as deputy director of basic research, and Matthew Ruchin, formerly of Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, will join City of Hope’s center as its associate director.
 
 
Cancer patients who are participating in early-stage clinical trials need extra emotional and physical support due to their additional stress and often unique symptoms.  Now an effort by researchers at City of Hope to create a model for such support has received a $6.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.
 
 
Nationally respected marketing, branding and management expert Lisa Stockmon is joining City of Hope in the new role of chief marketing and communications officer. Stockmon will provide the overall strategic leadership for City of Hope marketing and communications initiatives as the cancer treatment center and biomedical research institution enters a new era of growth and development.
 
 
City of Hope and Wilshire Oncology Medical Group have reached an agreement in which Wilshire physicians will join City of Hope Medical Group, delivering care to patients through City of Hope’s new community practice sites in Glendora, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, West Covina and Corona.
 
 
A $2.5 million gift from the Panda Charitable Foundation will help launch the Program in Natural Therapies at City of Hope, helping researchers investigate the potential of foods and other plant-based ingredients to fight disease.
 
 
Specialized high school educational programs that fast-track students to jobs by providing college-level training and career readiness are heralded as the next revolution in education.
 
7/17/2014 - City of Hope researcher receives grant for new approach against leukemia
 
More than 40 percent of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) will relapse despite receiving aggressive chemotherapy for the disease. A new therapeutic approach, using immune cells known as T cells, could significantly improve their odds.
 
 
A new approach to treating HIV could free patients from the virus’s tyranny for once and for all. The approach will now advance to clinical trials through a $5.6 million grant from the California Regenerative Medicine Institute awarded to a team led by City of Hope.
 
 
Cue will be the first honoree from the technology sector, an acknowledgment of the exciting ways technology and entertainment now intersect to enhance the consumer experience. The award will be presented at a gala dinner in Los Angeles on Oct. 23.
 
 
The clinic, located next to Methodist Hospital of Southern California, will increase the availability of City of Hope’s renowned cancer specialists within the Arcadia community and will provide additional convenience for patients seeking general oncologic surgery and medical oncology services.
 
 
City of Hope researchers report on young adult cancer patients, location of cancer care, medication nonadherence and phase II drug trials of XL184 (cabozantinib) for breast cancer and ABT-888 (veliparib) for lung cancer.
 
 
Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. But many recipients, though overwhelmed with curiosity and the need to express their gratitude, can only dream of meeting the strangers who saved their lives. City of Hope is about to make that dream come true for two patients.
 
 
The funding, made possible by philanthropic support, will be used to recruit highly experienced and well-published scientists to join the Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope. Their areas of research will include cell biology, immunology, diabetic complications, gene regulation and obesity
 
 
A burglary that occurred on Feb. 5, 2014, at Sutherland Healthcare Solutions’ office in Torrance resulted in the theft of eight computers, two of which contained personal information about a small percentage of City of Hope patients and their financial guarantors. Sutherland is an outside vendor that contracts with health care providers, including City of Hope, for certain billing services.
 
 
Yuman Fong, M.D., an internationally recognized expert in hepatobiliary cancer and in the use of genetically modified viruses to combat malignant disease, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at City of Hope.  
 
 
A team of researchers at City of Hope has developed a screening assay that can quickly assess up to 1,536 compounds’ effect on estrogen activity in the body. The test can also evaluate whether chemicals act as inhibitors of aromatase, an enzyme linked to breast cancer that converts androgen to estrogen.
 
 
Five foundations — Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), The Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors — and two anonymous foundations have announced grants totaling $450,000 in support of Dr. Margarita Gutova’s work, allowing her to continue her preclinical studies using neural stem cells to treat medulloblastoma.
 
 
Noted business leader and physician Norman C. Payson, M.D., has been selected as the new chair of the City of Hope board of directors. He began his three-year term on Jan. 1, taking helm of the institution’s board as the research and treatment center launches a new era of growth and scientific investment.
 
 
A team of City of Hope researchers has received a two-year, $1 million Movember-Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Challenge Award for a double-armed project to treat advanced prostate cancer. The team will be studying two novel agents’ promising ability to stage a combined immunotherapeutic attack against prostate cancer cells, which have previously been resistant to such an effort.
 
 
A $10 million gift from Internet-publishing entrepreneurs Emmet and Toni Stephenson and their daughter Tessa Stephenson Brand will fund the creation of the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center at City of Hope, the cornerstone of the institution’s new Hematologic Malignancies Institute.
 
 
City of Hope and Methodist Hospital of Southern California have reached an agreement in which City of Hope will acquire the hospital’s radiation oncology service in Arcadia. The acquisition will expand access to City of Hope’s renowned expertise in radiation therapy and will provide additional convenience for patients seeking specialized cancer services.
 
12/12/2013 - Wishes come true on City of Hope's Rose Parade float
 
For those who have battled cancer, each tomorrow is, in reality, a dream come true. No one knows that better than the 11 cancer survivors who will ride City of Hope’s float at the 125th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
 
 
Prestigious Press Ganey awards honor institutions for outstanding patient satisfaction
City of Hope has earned two prestigious Press Ganey awards for its top-quality patient care, marking its fifth consecutive year of being honored by the healthcare industry’s leading performance improvement firm.
 
State-of-the-art facility will bring top-level, comprehensive care to the region’s cancer patients
The brand-new City of Hope | Antelope Valley Cancer and Community Education Center, which will offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment services plus space for conferences and events, will provide Antelope Valley residents with convenient access to City of Hope’s renowned level of care.
 
 
Understanding that innovation and inclusion are vital to an effective partnership with our patients and the community at large, City of Hope is proud to announce the launch of a Chinese-language website, cn.cityofhope.org, with content focused specifically on the needs of Chinese-speaking patients, caregivers and their families.
 
 
Rosen, an internationally known specialist in hematologic malignancies, will set the scientific direction of City of Hope as it embarks on a new era of strategic growth, shaping the research and educational vision for the  $1.2-billion independent biomedical research, treatment and education institution.
 
 
City of Hope and Providence Health & Services, Southern California, announced today their intent to expand access to uniquely compassionate, high-quality oncology services within the Southern California communities served by Providence.
 

A $6.25 million gift from the estate of Billy and Audrey L. Wilder will be used to create two professorships for City of Hope researchers, along with the Wilder Archives Recognition Gallery at City of Hope.
 
 
The 2013-2014 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” has listed City of Hope as one of the best cancer hospitals in the nation. This marks the tenth year that City of Hope has appeared in the cancer rankings of the “Best Hospitals” report, which recognizes elite hospitals in the U.S.
 
 
City of Hope has been notified of the renewal of the prestigious comprehensive cancer center designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a milestone that marks the institution’s 30th year with an NCI designation.
 

The event will pit longtime rival teams Grand Ole Opry and “After MidNite with Blair Garner” against each other on Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. at Greer Stadium.
 

The therapy works through a two-part process that simultaneously takes apart the tumors’ support network while stimulating the immune system to attack the cancerous cells.
 

The pledge, which will be used to enhance the scientific core and capacity of City of Hope’s Diabetes Research Center by recruiting a nationally acclaimed leader in the field of diabetes research, was given in honor of Annette and Leonard Shapiro, longtime friends and supporters of groundbreaking diabetes research and of City of Hope.
 

Members of those chapters will be celebrating their contributions to City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, at a truly unique luncheon on May 5, 2013 at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, Wash.
 
 
City of Hope, Antelope Valley Hospital, and G. L. Bruno Associates Inc. celebrated the completion of the internal structure of City of Hope | Antelope Valley with a “topping off” ceremony on Friday, April 12, 2013.
 

The Harrows will receive their awards at the West Coast Golf & Tennis Tournament on June 10, 2013 at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, CA. For more information about the event, please contact Yolanda V. Guerrero at 800-272-2310 or yguerrero@coh.org or log on to the event website at www.cityofhope.org/nhfi/tournament.
 

A former executive vice president at WellPoint Inc., overseeing Comprehensive Health Solutions, Levine will lead the medical foundation in its mission to care for, and provide services to, City of Hope patients.
 

City of Hope has received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing the organization’s extraordinary commitment to the health of its employees and their families.
 
 
 

Experts Directory

Experts Directory

 
As an independent biomedical research and treatment institution, City of Hope specializes in turning research breakthroughs into new treatments. Other specialists are available through the media hotline at 800-888-5323.
 
MEDICINE:
 
BREAST AND WOMEN’S CANCERS:

GASTROINTESTINAL CANCERS:

  • Joseph Kim, M.D.: Director of the Surgical Oncology Training Program; a specialist in head, upper GI and mixed tumor cancers.
  • 626-471-7100; jokim@coh.org
     
HEMATOLOGY:
  • Stephen J. Forman, M.D.: Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic
    Cell Transplantation; has developed City of Hope into an international leader in leukemia, lymphoma, hematologic malignancy and bone marrow and stem cell transplantation.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 62403; sforman@coh.org
     
  • Leslie Popplewell, M.D.: Specialist in hematopoietic and stem cell transplantation, lymphoma and hematologic malignancies.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 62416; popplewell@coh.org
 
LUNG CANCER:
 
ONCOLOGY:
  • Cy Aaron Stein, M.D.: Arthur & Rosalie Kaplan Chair in Medical Oncology; specializes in drug therapies and new research; also in prostate, bladder and testicular cancers.
  • 626-471-3890; cstein@coh.org
 
PROSTATE CANCER:

RESEARCH:
 
BASIC SCIENCE:
  • Linda Malkas, Ph.D.: Deputy director of Basic Research; specialist in molecular oncology research and importance of translational research.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 68423; lmalkas@coh.org
 
DIABETES:
  • Raynald Samoa, M.D.: Endocrinologist specializing in obesity, childhood obesity.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 65208; rsamoa@coh.org
 
HIV/AIDS:
 
VACCINES:
 

City of Hope Radio

City of Hope Radio Podcasts

From lung cancer screening to sophisticated research and technology discoveries, here you will find valuable cancer health information presented by City of Hope cancer experts.
 
 
 

Media Relations

Media Relations

City of Hope offers members of the media rapid access to scientific and medical experts, news releases, background research, inspirational human interest stories and much more.

We can connect you with investigators and clinicians who can discuss research, treatment and issues related to cancer and other life-threatening diseases, including HIV/AIDS and diabetes. Experts in gene therapy, stem cell research, biotechnology, genetics, prevention, surgical oncology, pain management, end-of-life care and an array of other subjects are also available.

For breaking health news, interviews, photo requests or the most current information and resources available, please call our Media Hotline at 800-888-5323 or email us at media@coh.org.
 
Media Kit
To obtain a media kit or other information about City of Hope, please contact the Media Relations office for assistance. You may also download electronic versions of materials here:
 
City of Hope's institutional, research, clinical and philanthropic distinctions.
 
City of Hope's key achievements over the last 100 years.
 
Extensive report on clinical, research and fund-raising activities for the fiscal year.
 
 
Contact Media Relations
For the latest breaking health news, interviews, photo requests or the most current information and resources available, please call our Media Hotline at 800-888-5323 or email us at media@coh.org.
 
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NEWS & UPDATES
  • City of Hope is extending the reach of its lifesaving mission well beyond U.S. borders. To that end, three distinguished City of Hope leaders visited China earlier this year to lay the foundation for the institution’s new International Medicine Program. The program is part of City of Hope’s strategi...
  • A hallmark of cancer is that it doesn’t always limit itself to a primary location. It spreads. Breast cancer and lung cancer in particular are prone to spread, or metastasize, to the brain. Often the brain metastasis isn’t discovered until years after the initial diagnosis, just when patients were beginning to ...
  • Blueberries, cinnamon, baikal scullcap, grape seed extract (and grape skin extract), mushrooms, barberry, pomegranates … all contain compounds with the potential to treat, or prevent, cancer. Scientists at City of Hope have found tantalizing evidence of this potential and are determined to explore it to t...
  • Most women who are treated for breast cancer with a mastectomy do not choose to undergo reconstructive surgery. The reasons for this, according to a recent JAMA Surgery study, vary. Nearly half say they do not want any additional surgery, while nearly 34 percent say breast cancer reconstruction simply isn’t imp...
  • The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. The second top risk factor is getting older. Obviously, these two factors cannot be controlled, which is why all women should be aware of their risk and how to minimize those risks. Many risk factors can be mitigated, and simple changes can lead...
  • All women are at some risk of developing the disease in their lifetimes, but breast cancer, like other cancers, has a disproportionate effect on minorities. Although white women have the highest incidence of breast cancer, African-American women have the highest breast cancer death rates of all racial and ethni...
  • First, the good news: HIV infections have dropped dramatically over the past 30 years. Doctors, researchers and health officials have made great strides in preventing and treating the disease, turning what was once a death sentence into, for some, a chronic condition. Now, the reality check: HIV is still a worl...
  • Screening for breast cancer has dramatically increased the number of cancers found before they cause symptoms – catching the disease when it is most treatable and curable. Mammograms, however, are not infallible. It’s important to conduct self-exams, and know the signs and symptoms that should be checked by a h...
  • Rob Darakjian was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at just 19 years old. He began chemotherapy and was in and out of the hospital for four months. After his fourth round of treatment, he received a bone marrow transplantation from an anonymous donor. Today, he’s cancer free.   In his previ...
  • In a single day, former professional triathlete Lisa Birk learned she couldn’t have children and that she had breast cancer. “Where do you go from there?” she asks. For Birk, who swims three miles, runs 10 miles and cycles every day, the answer  ultimately was a decision to take control of her cancer care. Afte...
  • More and more people are surviving cancer, thanks to advanced cancer treatments and screening tools. Today there are nearly 14.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. But in up to 20 percent of cancer patients, the disease ultimately spreads to their brain. Each year, nearly 170,000 new cases of brain ...
  • Cancer cells are masters of survival. Despite excessive damage to their most basic workings and the constant vigilance of the body’s immune system, they manage to persevere. Much of this extraordinary ability to survive falls under the control of proteins bearing the name STAT, short for signal transducer and a...
  • One person receives the breast cancer diagnosis, but the cancer affects the entire family. Couples, in particular, can find the diagnosis and treatment challenging, especially if they have traditional male/female communication styles. “Though every individual is unique, men and women often respond differently d...
  • Here’s a statistic you’ll hear and read frequently over the next month: One in eight women born in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. Although this statement is accurate, based on breast cancer incidence rates in 2013, it’s often misunderstood. Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., d...
  • This time of year, how can anyone not think pink? Through the power of pastel packaging, October has been etched permanently into the American public’s consciousness as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The color pink is now synonymous with breast cancer. Suffice to say, awareness has been raised. Now itR...