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Mission, Vision and Leadership


It is the mission of the Upstate Cancer Center to reduce the burden of cancer in the communities we serve through clinical care, education, and biomedical research.


  • Improve cancer outcomes for Central New York, including survival, symptom management, supportive, and end-of-life care
  • Improve community awareness, education, and prevention regarding cancer.
  • Emphasize a collaborative practice with regional/national brand.
  • Achieve recognition in basic, translational, and clinical research and population science.
  • Become the first-choice site for education, training, and employment of oncology professionals.
  • Grow together under an aligned cancer care model.

Upstate Cancer Center Leadership

Director (Interim)
Thomas J. VanderMeer, MD, FACS

Deputy Director 
Gennady Bratslavsky, MD

Associate Director for Clinical Research
Teresa Gentile, MD, PhD

Associate Director for Basic and Translational Research
Leszek Kotula, MD, PhD

Associate Director for Community Outreach
Leslie J. Kohman, MD

Associate Administrator
Richard J. Kilburg, MBA