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Cancer Center of Excellence Designation

Biomedical Research Section

Created by the Florida Legislature in 2013, the Legislature intends to recognize hospitals, treatment centers, and other providers in the state which demonstrate excellence in patient-centered coordinated care for persons undergoing cancer treatment and therapy in Florida.

The goals are to encourage excellence in cancer care, attract and retain the best cancer care providers to the state, and help Florida providers be recognized nationally as a preferred destination for quality cancer care.

The Cancer Center of Excellence Designation recognizes providers that exceed service standards and excel in providing quality, comprehensive and patient-coordinated care.

A Joint Committee comprised of members from the Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council, and members from the Biomedical Research Advisory Council develops rigorous standards, a rating system and a rating standard. An annual status report is submitted to the Legislature by December 15th annually. The performance standards were reviewed and updated in November 2016 by the Joint Committee.

2020 Application Cycle

2021 Cancer Center of Excellence Application

First Cycle: Opens on or about May 14, 2021 and ends July 15, 2021

Second Cycle: Opens on or about September 20 and ends November 19, 2021

Cancer Center of Excellence Performance Measures, Rating System, and Rating Standard


cancer centers of excellence application process flow chart


Organizations that have Received the Designation as a Cancer Center of Excellence:

  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
  • Mayo Clinic Florida
  • University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Florida Health Cancer Center, which includes University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute and Orlando Health's Orlando Regional Medical Center
  • Institute for Human Health & Disease Intervention (I-HEALTH)