University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations


June 3, 2004
Contact: Jennifer Ekman at (251) 460-6360 or

USA Unveils Cancer Building; Announces Five New Scientists

The Mobile area's dream of becoming home to a world-class, comprehensive cancer research and treatment center came a step closer to reality today as the University of South Alabama unveiled architectural drawings of the new $40 million USA Cancer Research Institute building.

"This is a great milestone for the University, the state of Alabama and the entire Gulf Coast region," said USA President Gordon Moulton. "It will give people the opportunity to receive exceptional cancer care near home."

Proposed USA Cancer Research Institute Building

Groundbreaking on the state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot cancer center will begin this fall near USA Knollwood Hospital in west Mobile. The Cancer Research Institute building, which will include both treatment and research areas, will open in mid-2006.

USA leaders also unveiled a $95 million budget through fiscal year 2008 that would include funds from research grants, patient care, state economic development funds, private gifts, city and county support, the USA Foundation, federal support and the USA tobacco settlement.

                  Standing L to R: Dr. Philip M. Wade Jr., Dr. Jingfang Ju, Dr. Hung T. Khong
                           Seated L to R: Dr. Rajeev Samant, Dr. Lalita Shevde-Samant

USA also introduced five new cancer doctors and researchers, joining the other world-renowned scientists already on staff. The new group will immediately begin offering premier cancer treatment to local patients, as well as discovering the latest treatments to fight this deadly disease. (For more information on the doctors, click here.)

"The new physicians, particularly our two medical oncologists, will add greatly to our staff. They'll begin treating patients almost immediately," Moulton said. "Our research scientists will provide the undergirding for the type of research we have to have in order to be sanctioned as a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center."

The goal of the USA cancer center is to save lives, while improving the local economy through cancer treatment and research.

The USA Cancer Research Institute will translate into 700 jobs and $1 billion in economic impact over the next decade. Political and business leaders support the USA project as an economic sparkplug and a way to offer local cancer patients cutting-edge treatment close to home.

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