A FOOTPRINT SOLIDIFIED IN HISTORY - A STEP TOWARDS THE FUTURE.
Moffitt’s Magnificent Obsession
One man’s mission. A lasting mark on cancer treatment and research.
A Tampa Tribune editorial called the cancer center the product of H. Lee Moffitt’s “steel persistence and cotton diplomacy” and went on to give what may be a newspaper’s highest compliment to a political leader:
“It’s true enough that the art of politics is compromise,” the editorial said, "but the point of compromise is to get things done. Lee Moffitt did.”
How — and why — he did are the heart of the cancer center’s origin.
READ MORE in a special 30th Anniversary Momentum magazine profile of our founder, H. Lee Moffitt.
30 Years of Courage
Watch the history of Moffitt Cancer Center unfold through the eyes of those who’ve lived it: from founders, friends and patients to Moffitt team members on a mission to prevent and cure cancer.
A Community of Support
“One person can make a difference,” says founder H. Lee Moffitt.
Each person in this community of support has a story to tell about why this cancer center matters to them – and what makes it so special..H. Lee Moffitt FounderDr. Julie Djeu ScientistDoretha Edgecomb AdvocateRick Scott Governor of FloridaStacey White CommisionerDr. Alan List President & CEODiversity at MoffittDavid De la Parte General CounselLes Miller CommissionerLori Fox NurseSeth McKeel Former Florida RepresentativeBob Rohrlack Tampa Chamber of CommerceDr. Bill Dalton M2GENDr. Julio Pow-Sang Chair of GUClinical CareBoard of DirectorsBeth Houghton Board of DirectorsJennifer Moffitt Board of DirectorsDana Young Florida RepresentativeOlivia Newton-John AdvocateMarco Rubio United States SenatorWill Weatherford Former State SenatorJackie Smith SurvivorResearch at MoffittDr. Tom Sellers Center DirectorTed Couch Board of DirectorsDonations At MoffittBob Martinez Former Governor
The History of Moffitt Cancer Center
Key milestones throughout its first 30 years of courage.
A Modest Investment
Major returns — and lives saved.
Initial state funds
still paying dividends.
A $45 million trust fund from state cigarette taxes helped build this cancer center on the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. Today, Moffitt has a $2.1 billion economic impact in Florida. Its day-to-day operations support an additional 7,000 jobs throughout the state.
Over 5,200 heroes
on this team.
From a staff of 409 upon opening in 1986, Moffitt’s ranks have grown to more than 5,200 team members. Moffitt’s doctors, nurses, researchers and staff in myriad roles are all committed to the same mission — to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.
that impact patient lives.
Impressive numbers: 850+ Moffitt research faculty and staff, $50 million+ annually in research funding, and 300+ open clinical trials. Moffitt’s research impact is also counted in FDA-approved melanoma drugs. Of the 10, half are immunotherapy drugs — and Moffitt was key to their approval.
as a top cancer center.
Number 1 in Florida and 6 in the nation — that’s where Moffitt ranked among the 2016 U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” for cancer care. As for research, the National Cancer Institute reaffirmed Moffitt as one of 47 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in 2016 — and the only based in Florida.
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Moffitt Cancer Center Celebrates 30 Years - Human 30 Formation
Guess who’s turning 30? We want you to share your favorite memories of Moffitt. Why is the cancer center special to you? Tag others who have been touched by Moffitt over the years. #Moffitt30Posted by Moffitt Cancer Center on Monday, October 17, 2016