Global Oncology Initiative

City of Hope launched the Global Oncology Initiative, which stems from our understanding that it will take "more than a village" to address the increasing burden on global health. The Global Oncology Initiative aims to organize City of Hope's researchers, clinicians and educators, and expand local and international partnerships to tackle current and impending cancer and global health challenges.

Global Collaborations

City of Hope has a long-standing history of mitigating the global cancer burden through collaborative research, training, clinical activities and capacity building.

From 2018-2021, 28 new and ongoing projects had:

  1. A global oncology focus
  2. A collaboration with an institution outside the U.S.

Between 2017 and 2021, 86% of peer-reviewed articles involved collaborators from institutions in 86 countries.


In 2021:

  • 140 trainees completed their training and now work in global oncology. 
  • 344 international trainees completed training, and 56 trainees were from low-and middle-income countries. 

Trainees included clinicians, researchers, nurses, social workers, chaplains, genetic counselors and clinical psychologists.

Global Oncology Forum and Symposium

As part of the initiative, Global Oncology Forum and Symposium cover various topics to help disseminate scientific findings to a broader audience and serve as a platform to engage with our communities, open barriers, and challenge boundaries.

The 2022 Global Oncology Symposium attracted registrants and audiences from 18 countries. The symposium hosted 20 speakers and chairs from the U.S., Brazil, China and Switzerland. Joseph Mikhael, M.D., TGen and City of Hope professor, and chief medical officer of the International Myeloma Foundation, gave the opening address. The keynote speaker was Benjamin O. Anderson, M.D., Global Cancer Control leader from the World Health Organization and director of the Breast Health Global Initiative, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Global Oncology Symposium speakers

Past Forums 

City of Hope | Global Oncology Forum: Precision Medicine 

Steven Rosen, M.D., director of the comprehensive cancer center and Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, and the Irell & Manella Cancer Center Director's Distinguished Chair, moderated the second Global Oncology Forum on topics related to precision medicine, including genetic ancestry and the impact of genetic variation across populations, population sciences, genetic risks and biomarker testing. Panelists included Jeffrey Trent, Ph.D., Stephen B. Gruber, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Stacy W. Gray, M.D., Rick Kittles, Ph.D., M.S., and Nicholas Schork, Ph.D.

City of Hope | Global Oncology Forum COVID19: Where Are We Now and What's Next?

Javier Gordon Ogembo, Ph.D., director, Global Oncology Initiative, and associate professor, Department of Immuno-Oncology, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, introduces the inaugural topic of the virtual Global Oncology Forum: COVID-19: Where Are We Now and What's Next? Panelists: John Zaia, M.D., Randy Taplitz, M.D., Don Diamond, Ph.D., Sanjeet Dadwal, M.D., and David Engelthaler, Ph.D.

Global Oncology Initiative Committee
Javier Gordon Ogembo
Javier Gordon Ogembo, Ph.D.
Director, Global Oncology Initiative; Associate Professor, Department of Immuno-Oncology, City of Hope
Research and Training Subcommittee
Michael Berens, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Cancer and Cell Biology; Deputy Director of Institutional Initiatives, Translational Genomics Research Institute
Charles Brenner
Charles Brenner, Ph.D.
Alfred E. Mann Family Foundation Professor and Chair, Diabetes & Cancer Metabolism; Professor, Department of Diabetes & Cancer Metabolism, City of Hope
Rama Natarajan
Rama Natarajan, Ph.D.
National Business Products Industry Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research; Deputy Director, Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute; Professor and Chair, Department of Diabetes Complications & Metabolism, City of Hope
Ping H. Wang, M.D.
Ping H. Wang, M.D
Professor and Chair, Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, City of Hope
Virginia Sun, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.
Professor, Division of Nursing Research and Education, Department of Population Sciences Education, City of Hope
Jeannine M. Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN
Jeannine Brant, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, AOCN®, FAAN
Executive Director of Clinical Science & Innovation, City of Hope
Education Subcommittee
Kimlin Ashing
Kimlin Ashing, Ph.D.
Professor and Deputy Director, Division of Health Equities, Department of Population Sciences; Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, Comprehensive Cancer Center, City of Hope
Sarah Shuck, Ph.D.
Sarah Shuck, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Diabetes & Cancer Metabolism, City of Hope
Lesley Taylor, M.D.
Lesley Taylor, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Breast Surgery, Department of Surgery, City of Hope
Meet Dr. Yanghee Woo
Yanghee Woo, M.D.
Director, Gastroenterology Minimally Invasive Therapies Program Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, City of Hope
Betty Ferrell, R.N., Ph.D., M.A., C.H.P.N., F.A.A.N., F.P.C.N.
Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., M.S.N., CHPN
Director and Professor, Division of Nursing Research and Education, Department of Population Sciences, City of Hope
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Steven Rosen, M.D.
Steven Rosen, M.D.
Irell and Manella Cancer Center Director’s Distinguished Chair; Provost and Chief Scientific Officer; Director, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
Ashley Baker Lee
Ashley Baker Lee
Senior Vice President of Research Operations; Associate Director for Administration, Comprehensive Cancer Center, City of Hope
Edwin McCarthy, MS, MPA
Edwin McCarthy, M.S., M.P.A.
Vice President, Center for International Medicine, City of Hope
Abby Kral, M.B.A
Abby Kral, M.B.A
Senior Vice President, Strategy Management and Center for International Medicine, City of Hope
Myurajan Rubaharan, M.S.
Myurajan Rubaharan, M.S.
Program Manager, Global Oncology Initiative, City of Hope.