Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Hospital has been ranked by US News as the number one hospital in the nation for more than 20 consecutive years, and the University is consistently the largest single recipient of NIH grants annually. So when Sidney Kimmel was researching where to make an unparalleled commitment to the treatment of cancer, it was no mystery that he zeroed in on Hopkins. Kimmel’s extraordinary efforts aimed at the eradication of cancer follow a simple strategy: invest in the best people at the best places. The Foundation’s $157 million gift to Johns Hopkins University did just that.

The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins is on the leading edge of cancer research. Whether it’s Bert Vogelstein, world renowned researcher and winner of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, or Ted DeWeese, director of the Department of Radiation Oncology and inaugural holder of the Sidney Kimmel Professorship in Radiation Oncology & Molecular Radiation Sciences, or the very many others, the scientists and clinicians work closely together, transforming discoveries into constantly improving treatment options for patients. Known as a cancer-research powerhouse, the Cancer Center has developed pioneering therapies in a number of arenas, including bone marrow transplantation, immunotherapy, and vaccines. See more about the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in this video.

As important as the research is, Sidney Kimmel knew that cancer – in the end – impacts lives each day. He directed that a portion of the Foundation’s gift be used to build a residence serving patients undergoing prolonged cancer treatments and their families; failing to mitigate their hardship, Sidney concluded, would have been to lose half the battle.

William Nelson, director of the Center, and himself a leading prostate cancer researcher, credits Mr. Kimmel’s business acumen for his spot-on philanthropy: “He knows that investing in human capital at institutions that are committed to making a difference, leads to solutions,” Dr. Nelson said. And, he said, Johns Hopkins is proud to be one of those beneficiary institutions.

The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins was featured in the PBS documentary series, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.