Letter from the Director

Louis M. Weiner, MDOur Vision: Local Focus, Global Impact

This has been a banner year for Georgetown Lombardi as we move ever close to fulfilling our vision of preventing and curing cancer with a local focus and a global impact.

In this issue, you’ll read the stories that are changing the way we approach cancer research and care. At the heart of these stories are the people of Georgetown Lombardi—our researchers and clinicians, and especially the patients who entrust us with their care.

You’ll meet our new leadership representing some of the finest scientific minds in cancer. Our new deputy director, Michael Atkins, MD, along with Giuseppe “Beppe” Giaccone, MD, PhD, Waddah Al-Refaie, MD, FACS, and Ming Tan, PhD, are already making momentous contributions to our cancer center. We are delighted to have them on board and look forward to more exciting work to come.

Speaking of exciting work, you won’t want to miss the article about a groundbreaking discovery—from our very own labs—that has come to be known as the “Georgetown Method” by scientists around the globe. It is a new way of growing cells in the lab that could have revolutionary implications for the way we target treatments to individual patients.

The scientific excitement generated by this breakthrough is proof that research advances, when properly applied, can change people’s lives for the better. This personalized therapy could have a global impact that reshapes the way we think about, treat, and cure cancer.

Georgetown Lombardi also remains committed to its local focus with a variety of activities devoted to beating cancer in our own backyard. In this issue we highlight the work of our Capital Breast Care Center, which continues to flourish to better serve the women of this region.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Lombardi Magazine. Check out our website http://lombardi.georgetown.edu to keep up with our latest advances and to learn how you can partner with us in the cancer fight.

Louis M. Weiner, MD
Director, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center