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Cancer Center is a Top Priority in Medical School Campaign

Cancer Center is a Top Priority in Medical School Campaign

The best way to spark innovation is through interaction. It’s interaction between clinicians and researchers, and interaction among disciplines throughout the sciences and the humanities that ignite creativity and help us approach problems in new ways.

Steven Leach, MD
Immunologist Mary Jo Turk, PhD (right), and oncology surgeon Christina Angeles, MD (left), investigate ways to promote long-term immunity in patients treated for melanoma.

The Geisel School of Medicine has launched a $250 million fundraising campaign as part of Dartmouth’s institution-wide campaign, The Call to Lead, announced on April 27, 2018.

Interaction: The Campaign for Dartmouth Medicine will amplify the academic vitality and global impact of Geisel and of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, which is operated jointly by Geisel and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. With a fundraising goal of $100 million, the Cancer Center is the largest priority within the campaign and has been identified by Dartmouth College as one of four “Big Bets on Discovery."

Philanthropic gifts over the next several years will elevate the stature of Geisel—and that of the Cancer Center—as a community of scholars, innovators, caregivers, and learners who exert an outsized influence on the world, forging new solutions and leading improvements in healthcare—improvements that always keep the values and goals of patients at the center.  

Interaction, the campaign theme, reflects Geisel’s and the Cancer Center’s deeply collaborative culture, which reaches across Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock, sparking advances in medical education, basic science, clinical research, biomedical engineering, health care delivery, and population health.

“The best way to spark innovation is through interaction. It’s interaction between clinicians and researchers, and it’s interaction among disciplines throughout the sciences and the humanities that ignite creativity and help us approach problems in new ways,” says Steven Leach, MD, the Preston T. and Virginia R. Kelsey Distinguished Chair in Cancer at Dartmouth and director of the Cancer Center.

Discovery and Delivery: Building on Strengths

The Geisel School of Medicine and the Cancer Center are distinctive nationally for their equal strength in biomedical discovery and health systems science and their seamless integration with a world-class liberal arts institution, engineering school, and academic health system. Many discoveries now revolutionizing the prevention and treatment of cancer can be traced back to Dartmouth and its Cancer Center—including “immune checkpoint” drugs for solid tumors, the integration of palliative care with cancer care, and the identification of cancer risks from environmental toxins and behaviors.

“This campaign will catalyze a new and exciting chapter for our medical school,” says Duane Compton, PhD, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine. “We’ve worked hard in recent years to align our resources to our core missions and to establish a stable, long-term financial model, and we are well positioned to ensure that new philanthropic investments have maximum impact.”

The Interaction campaign is focused on three strategic imperatives where philanthropic investments over the next five years will drive successes that are both core and cutting edge: Educate Complete Physicians; Pursue Bold Ideas; and Transform Health Care. Geisel will attract new support for its innovative medical education program, student scholarships, and its Center for Health Equity. In addition to transformative gifts to the Cancer Center, the campaign will also spur gifts to The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, an international leader in health systems research and education, and several leading multi-disciplinary research centers.

These research centers bring together investigators, physicians, and scholars from across campus to address complex problems in immunotherapy, genomic medicine, cystic fibrosis and other chronic lung diseases, digital technology and behavioral health, children’s environmental health, and the marketing and consumption of carcinogenic and obesogenic products.

“Our collaborative culture, the willingness of our faculty and students to ask tough questions and challenge the status quo, and the way we bring together biomedical discovery and health care delivery science in everything we do—always in service to patient needs—is what makes our research and our education programs stand apart,” says Compton.

Momentum

Geisel’s Interaction campaign is already off to a strong start, with more than $100 million raised in advance of the public launch. Early gifts to the campaign include new support for student scholarships; endowed professorships; research in fields such as immunotherapy, lung disease, and cancer; and the development of undergraduate educational programming in healthcare delivery science.

“The interest in what we’re doing, and how donors can make an impact with their gifts, is gratifying,” says Compton.

Learn more about Interaction: The Campaign for Dartmouth Medicine here.


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