Founded in 1898, Roswell Park Cancer Institute was the first institution in the world to focus exclusively on cancer research. It grew from the vision of Dr. Roswell Park, an eminent surgeon who accurately predicted that cancer would become a leading cause of death both in the United States and worldwide. He believed the disease could be eradicated only through well-organized scientific research, and that investigations in the laboratory and clinic should go hand-in-hand in order to accelerate discovery and speed the delivery of promising new treatments.

Since then, Roswell Park Cancer Institute has served as a model for cancer research institutions in many countries. Research conducted here has led to historic breakthroughs in understanding, preventing, and curing cancer. That mission endures, guiding and inspiring our work every day.