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February 22, 2025


“Year after year, the funds raised by the DCC allows Sylvester to recruit and retain some of the world’s best minds in cancer research and provide them with the resources they need to make discoveries,” said Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.  

Part of the University of Miami Health System and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only cancer center in South Florida designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Sylvester is known as South Florida’s leader in patient-focused cancer research and care, offering the only Phase 1 Clinical Trials program – the first step in evaluating how patients respond to the latest investigational treatments. NCI designation further expands Sylvester’s ability to provide access to novel therapies through more clinical trials and collaboration with other designated centers. Equipped with a highly qualified team of more than 400 cancer-focused physicians and researchers working together, Sylvester discovers, develops, and delivers more precision cancer care. To serve current and future patients, Sylvester has a network of conveniently located outpatient treatment facilities throughout South Florida.


Sylvester's numbers tell the story. Statistics show the journey of how a cancer center, and its community, worked collectively to achieve the most prestigious title—National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designation—in pursuit of a cure. None of it would have been possible without the DCC, as 100% of participant-raised funds goes directly toward life-saving cancer research at Sylvester.

Recent advancements include:

  • 2500+ physicians, scientists, and support staff
  • 10 treatment facilities across South Florida
  • 2,961 patients participating in 436 clinical trials
  • 1,000+ addtional staff members added in 2023
  • 120 new clinical trials in 2023
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