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Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Until Every Cancer is Cured


Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) – Jefferson Health

To improve the lives of cancer patients and their families through compassion, innovation, and breakthrough discoveries.



For nearly 25 years, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health has been a leader in oncology research, patient treatment, and cancer education.

Founded in 1991 as a stand-alone center with a staff of 30, we have grown into a clinical and research enterprise comprising 32 hospitals within our network and practices staffed by hundreds of oncology researchers and physicians from around the globe. 

In 1996, with the generous support of Mr. Sidney Kimmel, the cancer center became known as the Kimmel Cancer Center and subsequently renamed the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in 2013.



Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Executive Committee

Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD portrait

Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD

Executive Vice President of Oncology Services, Jefferson Health and Enterprise Director, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, is the Executive Vice President of Oncology Services at Jefferson Health and Enterprise Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) at Jefferson, one of only 71 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated centers of excellence out of more than 3,400 cancer centers nationwide. Dr. Knudsen oversees cancer services and cancer research across the 16 hospitals of Jefferson Health/Thomas Jefferson University, reporting directly to Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health. She also serves as Chair and Hilary Koprowski Professor of the Department of Cancer Biology, and holds joint appointments in the Departments of Urology, Radiation Oncology, and Medical Oncology.

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Neal Flomenberg, MD
Enterprise Deputy Director, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Professor & Chair, Department of Medical Oncology
Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Andrew Aplin, PhD
Enterprise Associate Director for Basic Science

Kalbach-Newton Professor in Cancer Research

Wm. Kevin Kelly, DO
Enterprise Associate Director for Clinical Research

Professor, Medical Oncology and Urology
Director, Division of Solid Tumor Oncology

Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD
Director, Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities

Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology
Associate Director, Diversity Affairs

Grace Lu-Yao, PhD, MPH
Enterprise Associate Director for Population Science

Vice Chair, Population Science, Department of Medical Oncology

Matthew Huesser, MBA
Enterprise Associate Director for Administration & Operations

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Felix Kim, PhD
Enterprise Associate Director for Training and Education

Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Biology

Amy Leader, PhD, MPH
Enterprise Associate Director for for Community Integration

Director of Community Outreach & Engagement, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Division of Population Science, Department of Medical Oncology

Christopher McNair, PhD
Enterprise Associate Director for Data Science

Director of Cancer Informatics, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology

Matthias Schnell, PhD
Enterprise Associate Director for Shared Resources

Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology & Microbiology
Director, Jefferson Vaccine Center

Andrew Chapman, DO
Chief of Cancer Services, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Vice Chair, Clinical Operations, Department of Medical Oncology
Co-director, Jefferson Senior Adult Oncology Center
Clinical Professor of Medical Oncology

Adam Dicker, MD, PhD
Enterprise SVP, Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology

Director, Jefferson Center for Digital Health

Alex Khariton, RTT, MBA
Vice President, Cancer Services

Senior Administrator, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Leonard Gomella, MD
Senior Director Clinical Affairs, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Bernard W. Godwin Professor of Prostate Cancer and Chair, Department of Urology
Clinical Director, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network

Matthew Carabasi, MD
Senior Director, Strategic Oncology Partnerships

Professor and Vice Chair of Outreach
Director, Medical Oncology Specialty Network, Department of Medical Oncology

George C. Prendergast, PhD
President & CEO, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research

Professor, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research

Noreen M. Robertson, DMD
Consortium Liaison, Drexel University

Associate Vice Dean for Research, Drexel University College of Medicine

Mark Shahin, MD
Deputy Director, Asplundh Cancer Pavilion and Oncology Service Line Leader

Director, Hanjani Institute for Gynecologic Oncology
Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Abington – Jefferson Health

Emma Laverty
Assistant Vice President of Development

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Peter O'Connor

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Lauren Riley
Manager, Cancer Marketing Service Line

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Melissa Macarro
Director, Cancer Marketing Service Line - Jefferson Health

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Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) and Drexel University

Through this collaborative, multidisciplinary approach, researchers and clinicians from both institutions work together as they work to advance cancer research and treatment. Infrastructure is supported through integrated program meetings, symposia, participation in cancer center Grand Rounds, use of complementary shared resources, and teleconferencing for research activities among the institutions. Clinical research is guided by the cancer center’s Data Safety and Monitoring Board, formal Multi-Disciplinary Groups, a common Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Protocol Review Committee. The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office supports all cancer clinical trial activities, and provides public and professional access to the trials at Drexel University and SKCC.

Drexel University formally joined the consortium in 2013, strengthening a long-standing history of collaborative research, publications, and grants between investigators at the universities, most particularly as associated with cancer imaging, hormone-dependent cancers, clinical research, bioinformatics, and population-based studies assessing cancer risk and control. Drexel University also brings substantial strength in biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, and medicinal chemistry.



With partners in Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks County, and South Jersey, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network is never far away.

External Advisory Board

External Advisory Board


Eric Small, MD



Our Honors

NCI–designated since 1996

- Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Ranked among the best hospitals for cancer care by

U.S. News & World Report

- Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals

US News Ranked

Your Philadelphia Resource for Nationally Recognized Oncology Expertise 

ONE of only 71 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Centers in the U.S.

Delivering comprehensive care through 4 Advanced Care Hubs across the Delaware Valley

More than 8,900 patients seen annually

About 18.5% of patients enrolled in clinical trials, making us one of the highest performing cancer centers nationally (top 2%)

Ranked "Outstanding" by the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

First U.S. clinic to offer genetic testing and counseling for men with prostate cancer

Neu Center for Supportive Medicine and Survivorship - One of the first centers to offers psychosocial support to cancer patients

Routinely ranked among the top cancer centers nationally by U.S. News & World Report

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