Abramson Cancer Center’s (ACC) 40th Anniversary

On December 2nd, 2013, almost 400 people came together to celebrate the Abramson Cancer Center's (ACC) 40th Anniversary of being designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. This momentous milestone granted us the opportunity to celebrate achievements in cancer research, patient care, and education during the last four decades that bring hope to patients and their families affected by cancer.


Thank you to our generous sponsors who are helping to ensure that we will reach even more milestones over the next 40 years! Click here for a full list of sponsors.

40 Years of Hope and Innovation Video

Watch a dynamic video portraying the story of the Abramson Cancer Center over the past 40 years - the people, places, and accomplishments.


This very special evening included remarks from leaders at Penn Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center and Daniel J. Keating, III, Chair, Abramson Cancer Center Director's Leadership Council, who shared his personal cancer journey and the stories of a few patients and survivors.

Tara Miller, a remarkable young woman battling advanced melanoma, showed strength, humor, and grace in the sharing of her own story, and was a reminder of why we continue our fight every day to find a cure for cancer.

Inaugural Abramson Award and Abramson Honors

We were also pleased to celebrate the creation of the Inaugural Abramson Award, which recognizes key achievements made by the world's most innovative contributors in the field of oncology, those who have changed the paradigm of modern cancer research and clinical care. Congratulations to our inaugural Abramson Award Recipient, Bert Vogelstein, M.D., world-renowned geneticist from The Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Bert Vogelstein presented a special lecture, Cancer Genomes and Their Implications for Research and Patients.

We were also proud to present a number of awards and honors to recognize the Abramson Cancer Center's most promising investigators, compassionate clinicians, and distinguished teachers. Click here for a full list.

Endowed Professorships

Endowed Professorships are the highest honor a faculty member can achieve, and were highlighted throughout the evening. They are vital to our mission to stay at the forefront of cancer research and care by attracting and supporting extraordinary minds, allowing them to explore new avenues of discovery treatment, and cures. Click here for a full listing of Endowed Professors and the generous donors who support them.

Congratulatory Messages

Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania
Tom Corbett, Governor, Pennsylvania
Michael Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
Citation, City Council of Philadelphia

For more information about the 40th Anniversary Celebration, contact Michal Greenberg at michalg@upenn.edu or (215) 573.2480.

Photo Slide Show

Bert Vogelstein with Madlyn and Leonard Abramson and Drs. Chi Dang and John Glick
Bert Vogelstein with Madlyn and Leonard Abramson and Drs. Chi Dang and John Glick