Taussig News

Cancer program ranked In Top 10 nationally

October 2010

Cleveland Clinic has long been ranked by U.S.News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in the country. This year, Cleveland Clinic’s cancer program made its Top 10 debut in the publication’s “2010-11 Best Hospitals” report, ranking No. 9 in the country for cancer care.

“It is an honor for the entire Taussig Cancer Institute team to be recognized as one of the Top 10 cancer centers in the nation, but, more important, it is good news for patients in the region to have easy access to world-class care,” says Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, Chairman, Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute and holder of the M. Frank Rudy and Margaret Domiter Rudy Institute Chair in Translational Cancer Research. “Along with our research reputation and publications on cancer advancements, these rankings are an important measure of the quality of our care.”

The U.S. News rankings were developed to help consumers determine the hospitals that provide the best care for serious or complicated medical conditions or procedures.

Endowed Chair in Medical Physics

Taussig Cancer Institute National Leadership Board Members Robert J. DiGeronimo and Sam and Maria Miller recently established the Don DiGeronimo and Betty Raghavan Endowed Chair in Medical Physics. The Millers chose to honor their friendship with Taussig Chairman Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, by naming the chair in memory of his mother, Betty, while the DiGeronimo family is honoring the memory of Robert’s brother, Don.

Ping Xia, PhD, who is the first female Head of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology, became the inaugural chair holder at a formal dedication on July 26, 2010. The celebration also honored the generosity of the DiGeronimo family, who has supported Cleveland Clinic for the past two decades.

“There’s no better way to honor the memory of Don and Betty than by supporting the efforts of the Department of Radiation Oncology,” says Mr. DiGeronimo. “Dr. Xia has brought tremendous zeal to her work at Cleveland Clinic.”

Endowed chairs provide funds to support the priorities of the chair holder in areas such as research and education, while also helping to recruit and retain top physician talent. Philanthropic support has helped establish more than 80 endowed chairs at Cleveland Clinic.

Fun Times, Good Cause

Recent independent fundraising events benefiting the Taussig Cancer Institute included the following:

  • The Race, held on Mother’s Day at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, Ohio, raised more than $125,000 for breast cancer research. Learn more at dotherace.com.
  • Jungle Jam 2010, staged at the Cleveland House of Blues, raised more than $100,000 to support bone marrow failure research. Learn more at makeithappen4bmd.org.
  • Cruise for a Cure, sponsored by Century Harley-Davidson in Medina, Ohio, generated nearly $25,000 in funds during the two-day, 600-mile motorcycle ride.
  • Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, raised $21,000 for melanoma research during its Showcase for the Cure, an invitation-only event that draws top baseball prospects and scouts from throughout the region.

To make an online gift supporting the Taussig Cancer Institute or any area of Cleveland Clinic, visit our secure giving site, or call Institutional Relations and Development at 216.444.1245 or toll-free at 800.223.2273, ext. 41245.

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