Center news & funding
VCU Massey Cancer Center awarded $2.391 million grant from Virginia Tobacco Commission
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center was recently awarded a two-year, $2.391 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission (Tobacco Commission) to expand the breadth of the Center's community involvement and grow its state-of-the-art clinical research and cancer specialist delivery system. That delivery system is already in place in communities across Virginia, such as in the Lynchburg, Fredericksburg and Newport News areas.
Gov. McDonnell presents $5 million to Massey to support cancer research
At a celebration event today, Gov. Bob McDonnell ceremonially presented a check representing $5 million in state appropriations for fiscal year 2012 to Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center. The funding was approved by the General Assembly this winter when the body accepted the governor's budget amendment to provide the additional resources for the center. The $5 million allocation will help Massey to expand and strengthen its research as it works toward achieving National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive status, the highest level of distinction for a cancer center. Comprehensive status would make Massey the only facility in Virginia with such a designation, and one of only 40 nationally.
Steven R. Grossman named division chair of hematology, oncology and palliative care
Steven R. Grossman, M.D., Ph.D., has been named division chair in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliative Care in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and at VCU Massey Cancer Center, effective July 1, 2011. Grossman, an internationally recognized expert in gastrointestinal cancers, comes to VCU from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass., where he is currently an associate professor in the Departments of Cancer Biology and Medicine. He is also medical director of the Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center and co-director of the Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center.
Researcher Steven Grant appointed to three major committees
VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Steven Grant, M.D., was recently honored with appointments to three influential committees: one for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (ACTION) and two for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Shirley Carter Olsson and Sture Gordon Olsson Chair in Oncology Research, associate director for translational research and program co-leader of Developmental Therapeutics, Grant was selected for these positions based on his proven track record in translational research and expertise in biochemistry and pharmacology, respectively.
Egidio Del Fabbro named program director of palliative care at Massey
Egidio Del Fabbro, M.D., has been named program director of palliative care at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center, effective May 1, 2012. A nationally recognized expert in palliative care – comprehensive care for patients and families with a focus on alleviating suffering from serious illness – Del Fabbro comes to VCU Massey from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he is currently an associate professor in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine. He is also director of the Outpatient Cachexia Clinic and associate director of the Palliative Care Fellowship Training Program.