Programs and Initiatives

As the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, MSK has devoted more than 130 years to exceptional patient care, innovative research, and outstanding educational programs.  Today, state-of-the-art research flourishes side by side with the world’s most advanced clinical care.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Stephen B. Solomon, MD

Patient Care

Each year, MSK physicians treat more than 400 different subtypes of cancer. MSK is ranked number one for cancer care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Clinical Research

MSK conducts one of the largest clinical research programs in the world. Through these studies, physicians and scientists translate basic science findings into treatment advances. Currently, our physicians are leading more than 1,100 clinical research studies for pediatric and adult cancers.

Basic Research

Research at the Sloan Kettering Institute — Memorial Sloan Kettering’s basic research arm — is dedicated to understanding the biology of cancer through eight major programs. MSK maintains one of the world's most dynamic cancer research enterprises, with more than 120 laboratories.

Education and Training

MSK is working to prepare the next generation of physicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals for leadership roles. Postgraduate clinical fellowships train physicians who seek special expertise, while postdoctoral fellowships provide scientists with advanced laboratory research training. The Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers a PhD degree in cancer biology.

Supportive Care

MSK offers a full range of programs to help patients and families through all phases of treatment, including integrative medicine, counseling, pain and palliative care, cancer screening, and assistance in navigating life after treatment. Additionally, MSK’s donors and volunteers make possible programs that bring cheer and comfort to our patients, such as the Caring Canines program, music and art therapy, and many others.

Community Outreach

MSK’s community outreach initiatives are designed to benefit the general public, the medically underserved, and minority and immigrant populations — improving access to cancer information and care. MSK’s Center for Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities leads community-based programs to link immigrants and medically underserved minorities with health education and services.