A Message from the President

  • A Message from Donald Trump, MD, FACP, President and CEO, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

We Can't Let Cancer Win. That's Why Roswell Park Will Never Stop Fighting.

Thanks to our dedicated faculty and staff, our generous donors and supporters and our partnership with New York State, Roswell Park Cancer Institute is the region’s number-one cancer care provider and a major economic engine for the Buffalo Niagara community. This is a public trust we take very seriously and one that, for our future success, requires foresight, determination and careful planning.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is the region’s number-one cancer care provider and a major economic engine for the Buffalo Niagara community.”

We know firsthand the changes taking place in the healthcare arena and various forces that impact our ability to develop cures and save the lives of our families, friends and neighbors throughout Western New York, Upstate New York and, in fact, the entire U.S.

In recent months, we’ve analyzed those trends and forces, and, if we are to maintain and strengthen our preeminent position in the regional and national medical community, we see many important challenges ahead for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

We are seeing aggressive encroachment on our traditional geographic market, for both patient-care referrals and for philanthropic support, from cancer care entities headquartered elsewhere. Further, healthcare reform will place continual pressure on clinical revenues, and New York State economic challenges and federal government decisions leading to reductions in support for cancer research and education are all issues that will continue to impact our work.

Our analysis involves one fundamental question: What happens if Roswell Park Cancer Institute goes away? The answer would be a catastrophic scenariocancer wins.

How is that possible?

Cancer would win because the Buffalo Niagara community would be without a nationally recognized, National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. There are only 41 of these centers in the country, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute is the only one in New York State outside of Manhattan. You won’t find another center closer than Pittsburgh or Cleveland.

Second, this region would lose Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s provision of world-class, compassionate, innovative patient care. Lost would be the Center for Personalized Medicine, which is bringing genomic analysis to bear in diagnosing, treating and managing disease, and our Center for Immunotherapy, where research teams are developing new, more specific cancer therapies and preventive approaches that enlist the body’s natural defense systems.

Third, our region would miss the annual economic impact of more than $1.5 billion from grants, jobs, scientists, trainees and patients traveling to RPCI from around the country and around the world. Roswell Park over the past decade has added more than 1,000 new jobs to Western New York — and more than 10 startup companies would not exist without RPCI research. All these assets and economic activity they entail will be lost if not for Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Spread the word that “We Can’t Let Cancer Win. That's Why Roswell Park Will Never Stop Fighting.” Make sure your colleagues and friends know what RPCI has meant for this community since 1898, and the level of care, service and research excellence we’re committed to providing for centuries to come.

Donald Trump, MD, FACP
President and CEO, Roswell Park Cancer Institute