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Moffitt Cancer Center Milestones


1981 The Florida Legislature passes a bill to create H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

1983 Moffitt Cancer Center breaks ground.

1986 Moffitt Cancer Center opens.

1989 Blood and Marrow Transplant Program opens.

1990 Moffitt names its first center director. 

H. Lee Moffitt
Then Speaker H. Lee Moffitt talks with Rep. Bob Hattaway.

1993 Moffitt Cancer Center Prevention Research (formerly Lifetime Cancer Screening Center) opens.

1994 The Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation opens and holds the first Magnolia Ball, raising money for patient care, research and education, as well as the Magnolia Lodging Program.

1995 Moffitt Research Center opens.

1998 Moffitt earns National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Support Grant.

Florida Legislature funds $100 million to expand research and clinical areas.

2001 Moffitt earns NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status.
2002 Moffitt receives generous gift from Naples resident Vincent A. Stabile to name the new research building.

2003 Moffitt establishes Total Cancer Care® research initiative, with the goal of delivering personalized therapy.

Moffitt International Plaza
Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza opens in 2011.

2004 Moffitt forms the Board of Advisors, chaired by veteran ABC newsman and melanoma survivor Sam Donaldson. Advisors are appointed and are charged with raising the national awareness of the institution.

2006 Since the inception of Miles for Moffitt, 100% of all registration fees support cancer research.

M2Gen, Moffitt’s first wholly owned subsidiary, is created.

Moffitt breaks ground for construction of the 100,000 square-foot facility that will house M2Gen, Moffitt’s wholly owned, for-profit biotechnology subsidiary. As part of the Total Cancer Care approach, Moffitt uses sophisticated technology to analyze patients’ tumors, ultimately identifying the genetic “fingerprints” that are unique to those tumors.

2008 Robert Rothman is appointed as the next chairman of the Moffitt Cancer Center Board of Directors. Sen. Connie Mack, the immediate past chairman, remains on the Board as Chair Emeritus.

2009  Moffitt opens the Faculty Office Building, home to a new radiation oncology center, clinical lab space, 36-bed bone marrow transplant unit, and additional parking and office space.

Moffitt opens the M2Gen facility on McKinley Drive.

2010  Bob Griese named chairman of the Board of Advisors; Sam Donaldson, immediate past chairman, remains on the Board as Chair Emeritus.

2011 Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza opens near Tampa International Airport.

2013 Construction begins on a state-of-the-art outpatient facility at the McKinley campus less than a mile from Moffitt's Magnolia campus at the University of South Florida.

2015 The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Outpatient Center, a six-story, state-of-the-art outpatient facility, opens on the McKinley campus.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center awards Moffitt the prestigious Magnet designation in recognition of its nursing excellence.

2016 U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top cancer hospitals ranked Moffitt Cancer Center No. 6 in the nation. 

Moffitt unveils $800 million expansion plan over the next 10 years, with the first phase — a clinical support building — beginning in 2017. A new research facility and renovations to existing buildings to follow.

2017  Moffitt purchases a 21-acre parcel of land across from the McKinley campus to allow for future expansion plans.

FDA approves revolutionary CAR T therapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and Moffitt’s Dr. Frederick Locke is the co-lead investigator of the pivotal trial that tested the new therapy.

Moffitt creates the George Edgecomb Society to address cancer health disparities in the Black and African American community.

Moffitt partners with Memorial Healthcare System in Pembroke Pines and BayCare at Morton Plant Hospital to bring lifesaving transplants and radiation oncology services, respectively, closer to where our patients live.

2019 Moffitt and AdventHealth announce a partnership to open a new Moffitt outpatient center at AdventHealth Wesley Chapel in Pasco County, as well as a clinical research facility and chemotherapy/immunotherapy infusion program at AdventHealth Celebration.

2020 In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Moffitt adjusts operations and increases telemedicine visits by 5,000%.

Moffitt begins construction of a new inpatient surgical hospital at the McKinley campus. The 10-story facility with nearly half a million square feet will have 128 inpatient beds, with the capacity to expand to 400.

Dr. Patrick Hwu joins Moffitt as the new president and CEO.