Moores Cancer Center at University of California San Diego

Moores Cancer Center at University of California San Diego

“Best Hospitals” national cancer-care rank: 42

“Best Hospitals” cancer-care score: 54.6/100

Founded: 1979

Beds: 530

Clinicians/researchers: 360




Research focus: 

Cancer biology and signaling, cancer genomes and networks, cancer prevention, cancer vaccines, solid-tumor therapeutics, and the roles of stem cells and inflammation in cancer development.


Clinic at-a-glance:

Moores Cancer Center is an academic-based facility offering comprehensive care and complex treatment drawn from the latest medical breakthroughs and technological advances — many wrought by its own world-class researchers. It employs multidisciplinary teams of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, diagnostic radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists, nurses, social workers and genetic counselors in order to deliver the most personalized cancer care possible. A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, it receives U.S. News & World Report’s highest grade for use of advanced technologies. The center regularly develops and tests new therapies and medical devices (such as nanotechnology for detecting, imaging and treating cancer). Discovery of new agents for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment is a thrust of the center’s basic research programs. It collaborates with companies such as Pfizer, Celgene, Biogen Idec and Novartis on research, which permits swift access to effective new therapies. Researchers who belong to the center include a Nobel laureate, 14 members of the National Academy of Sciences, a MacArthur Fellow and a past president of the American Association for Cancer Research.