Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
MSKCC logo.jpg
Location New York City, NY, United States
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Specialist
Affiliated university Weill Cornell Medical College
Emergency department Urgent care center
Beds 471
Speciality Cancer
Founded 1884[1] (as New York Cancer Hospital)
Lists Hospitals in the United States
Other links Hospitals in New York
The original New York Cancer Hospital,[2] built between 1884 and 1886, now housing, at 455 Central Park West and 106th Street in Manhattan.
The relocated Memorial Hospital building, built between 1936 and 1939, standing on its present location on York Avenue

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK or MSKCC) is a cancer treatment and research institution in New York City, founded in 1884 as the New York Cancer Hospital. Its main campus is located at 1275 York Avenue, between 67th and 68th Streets, in Manhattan.


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is composed of two related institutions: Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, providing patient care, and Sloan Kettering Institute, focused on basic-science research.

Memorial Hospital was founded in 1884 as the New York Cancer Hospital by a group that included John Jacob Astor and his wife Charlotte; the hospital was originally located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.[2] The hospital was later renamed General Memorial Hospital for the Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases.[3] Rose Hawthorne, daughter of author Nathaniel Hawthorne, trained here in the summer of 1896 before founding her own order, Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne.[4] In 1936, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donated land on York Avenue and in 1939 the institution moved to that location.[3]

In the 1940s, Alfred P. Sloan and Charles F. Kettering donated money to create the Sloan Kettering Institute.[3] Built adjacent to Memorial Hospital, it could bring together the institute's research with the hospital's clinical care. [5]

In 1960, a new corporation, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, was formed to coordinate the two institutions; they merged in 1980.[3]

The Memorial Sloan Kettering Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center occupies 1425 First Avenue on the corner of East 74th Street in Manhattan. The former bank was built in the 1930s by Perkins and Will as architects. It was remodeled for use by Memorial Sloan Kettering in 1997.[6]

As of November 1, 2010, the President and CEO of Memorial Sloan Kettering is the oncologist and researcher Craig B. Thompson.[7]

Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center


As of 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked MSK as the #1 cancer hospital in the country.[8]

Charity Watch rates Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center an "A." Heads of the charity received $1,955,000 to $2,557,000 salary/compensation from the charity. Harold E. Varmus, Past President/CEO, received $2,557,403 salary/compensation from the charity, which is the most money given by any charity to the head of that charity, according to Charity Watch.[9]

The hospital is mentioned in Israeli singer and songwriter Ariel Horowitz's album My Heroes (2013, Hebrew: הגיבורים שלי) in the title song Sloan Kettering (Hebrew: סלון קטרינג).[10]


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  2. ^ a b Barbanel, Josh. "Would an Aardvark Live Here?" The New York Times, September 17, 2006. Accessed December 31, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, History & Milestones. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center website.. 
  4. ^ Smith, Fran; Himmel, Shiela (2013). Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End of Life Care and The Hospice Movement. Cleis Press. p. 23. ISBN 9781936740512. 
  5. ^ "Sloan, Kettering to Combat Cancer; Studying Sketch of Proposed Cancer Research Institute". The New York Times. August 8, 1945. p. 1 (cont'd p. 40). 
  6. ^ Norval White, Elliot Willensky, Fran Leadon. AIA Guide to New York City. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Craig Thompson Named President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center | Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center". August 10, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Best Hospitals 2013: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York". U.S. News & World Report. 2014. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ Charity Rating Guide and Watchdog Report, Volume Number 59, December 2011
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