President's Message

It is my pleasure to welcome you. As you visit and learn more about City of Hope, you will come to see the attributes that make it a uniquely rewarding place to practice medicine. Independent and nimble, this organization is distinctive: City of Hope is a standard bearer in the fight against cancer — with pioneering treatment and research — yet we retain the mission-driven focus from our early days as a grassroots movement.

Put simply, compassion drives everything we do. Compassion inspires our clinical activities and defines how we interact with our patients, who come from a diverse catchment area that includes approximately 40% of the population of California.
At City of Hope, treatment decisions are about more than curing disease  or extending life — they are about preserving quality of life, as defined by each patient and family. Thus, among the more than 350 faculty members in our comprehensive cancer center, we have cultivated expertise in minimally invasive surgeries and emerging targeted therapies. Our disease-focused programs provide unmatched outcomes regionally, according to the latest SEER data.
Collaboration comes naturally at City of Hope, in part because we know that team-based care offers our patients their best chance to beat cancer. We believe that patients deserve the latest options now, so we offer a broad array of novel treatments through clinical research. At the same time, we offer a full complement of supportive care services out of a determination to treat the whole person and family, not just the disease.
Compassion also spurs our scientific mission. Determined to save and improve more lives, City of Hope has built a formidable research enterprise, with notable strengths in antibody-based therapy, CAR T cell therapy and hematopoietic cell transplantation. Through our signature bench-to-bedside approach, we accelerate the translation of homegrown lab breakthroughs to new treatments. We support these activities with biological and chemical GMP manufacturing facilities — a unique set of resources among cancer centers.
Even our physical locations reflect our commitment to compassion. The parklike 116-acre City of Hope main campus includes gardens where patients, families, faculty and staff alike can pause for quiet relief and reflection.
You visit City of Hope at a time of great momentum. In recent years, we have bolstered our faculty with world-renowned experts, expanded into local neighborhoods with a network of community practice sites and have embarked on a massive redevelopment program that will transform our campus.
The best is yet to come; as you get to know City of Hope, I believe you will agree.

Michael Caligiuri, M.D.
President, City of Hope National Medical Center
Deana and Steve Campbell Physician-in-Chief Distinguished Chair