Designation from the National Cancer Institute

The UF Health Cancer Center has become the 72nd NCI-Designated Cancer Center and the only NCI-Designated Cancer Center based at a public university in the state of Florida.


message from our director


For more than a decade, we have been on a journey to bring North Central Florida an NCI-Designated Cancer Center. We assembled a highly collaborative leadership team and invested in infrastructure, people and programs. We engaged more than 300 faculty across nearly every college at the University of Florida.

Every day, we have asked ourselves a singular question: How are we moving the field of cancer research forward to benefit our patients and our community? The members of the UF Health Cancer Center rose to this challenge, according to the four pillars of our center, first making fundamental discoveries. We then translated these from theory to practice on behalf of a community that we better understand through meaningful engagement. And throughout this process, we have been preparing and educating the next generation of the cancer research workforce.

Many centers have tried, but over the past 15 years only a handful of centers have been added to this national roster of distinction. We are thrilled to add the University of Florida to this list as the 72nd NCI-Designated Cancer Center and the only one in Florida at a public university.

Over the next decade, our goals are to make discoveries that change paradigms in the understanding of cancer; improve cancer care by leading practice-changing trials; and develop new therapies based on UF laboratory discoveries. We also aim to address the risk factors for cancer, particularly among our rural and underserved populations, and inform polices that support improved health and reduce the burden of cancer on our patients and their families.

Thanks to all of you, we are closer to our shared vision of a future where highly personalized approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment are the norm and the burden of cancer on our neighbors, friends and loved ones is eliminated.

Jonathan D. Licht, M.D.
Director, UF Health Cancer Center

Video: How We’re reducing the Burden of Cancer

By the Numbers

A Historic Day

UF Health Cancer Center announces NCI designation

The UF Health Cancer Center announced it had become the 72nd NCI-Designated Cancer Center on Tuesday, June 20.

NCI Designation

Conversation with Our Director


Cancer Letter interview

Jonathan D. Licht, M.D., director of the UF Health Cancer Center, spoke with the Cancer Letter about the center's journey to NCI designation and the path forward.

Jonathan D. Licht, M.D., poses with the UF Health Cancer Center's blue golf cart.

ADVANCING Tomorrow’s treatments


Leading-edge cancer research

The UF Health Cancer Center’s clinician-scientists participate in research that has a direct impact on improved patient outcomes and allows patients access to the latest cancer-fighting technologies and drugs.



Providing new hope for patients

The UF Health Cancer Center has a portfolio of nearly 300 active clinical trials. At UF Health, patients have access to innovative scientific research that translates directly into leading-edge clinical care.


About the UF Health Cancer Center: 2022 FACTS

91,608 Square feet of research space

$48.8 million Total cancer grants

746 Scientific publications

330 Clinical and research faculty members

359 Active cancer research projects

443 Active clinical research studies

Facts and Figures

Comprehensive patient care and innovative research in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment

The UF Health Cancer Center is a matrix center that supports cancer research and patient care across all six UF Health colleges. Members of the center have academic appointments in 72 departments of the 11 colleges.

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FOR UF Health Cancer Center Members & STAFF