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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 forpersons 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 will recognize 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 will develop rigorous standards, a rating system and a rating standard by January 1, 2014 and report to the Legislature.

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

Annually, the Department conducts two application cycles.


First Cycle: Opens February 9, 2015 and closes on March 27, 2015

Second Cycle: Opens July 1, 2015 and closes on August 21, 2015


First Cycle: Opens February 1, 2016 and closes on March 25, 2016

Second Cycle: Opens July 1, 2016 and closes on August 26, 2016


First Cycle: Opens February 6, 2017 and closes March 31, 2017

Second Cycle: Opens July 3, 2017 and closes on August 25, 20117

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

Online Application System