Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

About our director

Dr. Gordon D. Ginder

Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., has served as director of VCU Massey Cancer Center since 1997. In this position, he oversees a cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute that provides outstanding cancer care and conducts groundbreaking research to discover new treatments for cancer.

In addition to directing the activities of Massey’s 130 members – researchers and physicians from 22 academic departments at VCU – he also manages a research laboratory at VCU. His current research focuses on regulating genes that are critical to immune cells killing cancer cells. The National Institutes of Health and NCI have continuously supported his research for more than 20 years, and he is the recipient of an NIH merit award.

Ginder also actively treats patients each week, specializing in blood and lymph node cancers and bone marrow transplantation.

His previous faculty appointments include serving as associate director of the University of Minnesota Cancer Center; director of medical oncology, Masonic professor of oncology and member of the Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Minnesota; and professor and associate director of hematology/oncology at the University of Iowa.

Ginder received his doctor of medicine from Johns Hopkins University and trained in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University Hospital. He also trained in molecular genetics at the NIH and completed a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at the University of Iowa.

An active volunteer, Ginder has served on numerous review boards for NIH and the American Cancer Society, and is a member of several professional societies. In 2002, he received the W. Robert Irby Award for Philanthropic Leadership by the MCV Foundation, and in 2003, he was honored by the Governor and by the Science Museum of Virginia as Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist of the Year.