USF And Moffitt Cancer Center To Introduce New Center Of Excellence

October 21, 2009

Tampa, FL – The University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center will hold an invitation-only reception to formally introduce their new Center of Excellence and announce the name, logo and tagline from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave.

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded USF and Moffitt a five-year, $6-million grant to create programs of research, education and training, and community engagement and outreach to reduce cancer-related health disparities among minority and underserved communities in Florida. Health disparities courses, expert lectures, professional and community trainings, health and science fairs, and a prostate cancer clinical trial are just a few of the center’s planned activities.

The following are scheduled to speak or attend the reception:

  • William S. Dalton, M.D., Ph.D., CEO and Center Director, Moffitt
  • B. Lee Green, Jr., Ph.D., Vice President of Moffitt Diversity and Professor, Health Outcomes & Behavior
  • Richard Roetzheim, M.D., Professor and Director of Research, USF Department of Family Medicine

(Drs. Green and Roetzheim are co-principal investigators on the center grant.)

  • Federal, state and local elected officials
  • Community leaders
  • A patient navigator for cancer services at Moffitt

About USF Health

USF Health is dedicated to creating a model of health care based on understanding the full spectrum of health. It includes the University of South Florida’s colleges of medicine, nursing, and public health; the schools of biomedical sciences as well as physical therapy & rehabilitation sciences; and the USF Physicians Group. With more than $360 million in research grants and contracts last year, USF is one of the nation’s top 63 public research universities and one of  39 community-engaged, four-year public universities designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.