Center for International Medicine

If you live outside the United States and wish to receive world-class care at City of Hope, we welcome you.

We understand how challenging it can be to travel great distances to unfamiliar places for medical treatment. Our caring staff will assist you every step of the way. We will do everything we can to make your experience at City of Hope as comfortable as possible, so you can focus on getting well.

Experts at our Center for International Medicine offer a wide variety of services tailored to your needs. We provide you with a personal navigator – an advocate who speaks your language and will give guidance, arrange your first visit and coordinate with your loved ones.

We also offer these services, and more:

  •     Family and individual counseling
  •     Translation services
  •     Airline, hotel and other travel arrangements
  •     Location and accommodation information
  •     Religious and cultural services
Download the Center for International Medicine Guide in English / Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese .

Physician Experts

Elizabeth Budde, M.D., Ph.D., is laser-focused on harnessing the body's immune system to beat leukemia and lymphoma. She is deeply involved in groundbreaking research to “reprogram” T cells to recognize cancer and destroy it. This work, she believes, will be especially valuable for patients whose illness has recurred, and has the potential “to change the treatment paradigm and significantly improve the cure rate for patients with leukemia in the future.”
Educated in China at Tongji Medical University, Budde continued her training at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, followed by internship and residency at Washington University in St. Louis. She joined City of Hope in 2013, after four years at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Budde is a prolific author, recipient of many awards and lead investigator in numerous immunology-related clinical trials.
From early detection research to treating patients who've developed resistance, Yuan Yuan M.D,., Ph.D., concentrates on finding new ways to help women with breast cancer live longer. She specializes in seeking out targeted therapies for triple-negative breast cancer, which typically does not respond well to standard chemotherapy.
Yuan earned her medical degree at Xuzhou Medical College in Xuzhou, China, and an M.S. in oncology from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing. She continued her training at University of California, Riverside, Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, and New York University Downtown Hospital.
Yuan joined City of Hope in 2012 following three years at Loma Linda University. In 2015, she received a major STOP CANCER grant to study novel therapeutics to overcome therapy resistance in breast cancer. She is also involved in efforts to correct the underrepresentation of ethnic minority women in cancer clinical trials.
“The robot is only good in the hands of a good ... surgeon with expertise in robotic surgery.”
Yanghee Woo, M.D., our director of international surgery, is an acknowledged expert in robotic surgery and minimally invasive procedures for stomach cancer. She is one of only a handful of surgeons using robotics to treat this difficult disease.
Woo trained with the best and has been putting that knowledge and skill to use for over a decade. She earned her medical degree at Drexel University in Philadelphia, continued her research in the laboratory of Yuman Fong, M.D., at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and served a robotic surgery fellowship at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea.
Woo joined City of Hope in 2015 following four years at Columbia University where she directed the Center for Global Excellence in Gastric Cancer Care. She is a prolific author, lecturer and sought-after authority on robotic surgery. She works constantly to improve surgical techniques, leading to better outcomes and quality of life for her patients.
With over a quarter century of experience, Helen Chen, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist, is a key member of our talented team that cares for patients at our South Pasadena, California, facility.
Chen was an honors student at Stanford University, received her medical degree at UC San Francisco and continued her training at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California, and UC Irvine. She joined City of Hope in 2009.

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