Huntsman Cancer Institute

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Huntsman Cancer Institute
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LocationSalt Lake City, Utah, United States
Coordinates40°46′21″N 111°50′04″W / 40.7725°N 111.8345°W / 40.7725; -111.8345Coordinates: 40°46′21″N 111°50′04″W / 40.7725°N 111.8345°W / 40.7725; -111.8345
Care systemPublic
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of Utah
Website Official
ListsHospitals in Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is an NCI-designated cancer research facility and hospital located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Intermountain West.


Huntsman Cancer Institute was founded with a pledge of $100 million of personal wealth from Jon Huntsman Sr., a philanthropist and businessman. To date, Huntsman has donated more than $250 million of his own money since Huntsman Cancer Institute was established.[1] Mary Beckerle is HCI's chief executive officer and director.[2]

In November 2013, Huntsman donated an additional $50 million for the construction of a new research building dedicated to researching children's cancer and cancers that run in families. The Primary Children's and Families' Research Center opened in 2017.[3]

In 2015, the National Cancer Institute awarded HCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status.[4]


Scientists at the institute aim to understand cancer at a molecular and genetic level and strive to find new and more effective ways to treat this disease. A treatment approach based on genetic knowledge allows for more targeted, individualized cancer therapies.

Research programs[edit]

The center's research is supported by a Cancer Center Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute, which subsidizes cancer research performed by more than 130 members of the Cancer Center.[5]


  1. ^ Levenick, Christopher (Summer 2012). "The Fearless Philanthropist". Philanthropy. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Wood, Benjamin; Stuckey, Alex (April 25, 2017). "Pershing: Beckerle reinstated to helm of Huntsman Cancer Institute". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Huntsman Cancer Institute Unveils New Primary Children's and Families' Cancer Research Center". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "National Cancer Institute Awards Huntsman Cancer Institute Elite Comprehensive Cancer Center Designation". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "HCI Research Programs". Archived from the original on March 5, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2010.

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