Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York City). The world's oldest and largest private cancer center was also named the best cancer care center in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report in its 2014-15 rankings. Located in the center of New York City, the hospital specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of various cancers through care teams composed of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, psychiatrists and nurses.

The center, founded by New York millionaires John J. Astor and his wife Charlotte in 1884 as the New York Cancer Hospital, has been a staple in the research and treatment of various cancers for more than 130 years. It expanded with land donated by oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller in 1916. The hospital merged with the Sloan Kettering Institute in 1960 to unify the overall policy for the institute, becoming the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center under a single president and CEO.

The center saw 138,338 patients in 2013, and physicians there treated 22,326 inpatients and surgeons performed 571,922 outpatient visits. It employed 935 physicians and 2,221 nurses in 2013 and specialized in more than 400 different subtypes of cancer. The center conducts research in 120 research laboratories and 35 core facilities, employing 149 senior laboratory investigators, including 18 members of the Institute of Medicine and a National Medal of Science winner.

The center also operates an educational arm with 1,691 residents and clinical fellows, 547 postdoctoral research fellows, scholars and associates, 246 PhD and MD candidates, 179 nursing students and 392 medical students. Partnerships with the Rockefeller University, Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medical College provide PhD programs in chemical biology, computational biology and medicine and the medical sciences.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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