LCRC Director Joins LSU Health New Orleans Faculty to Lead Cancer Center

November 06, 2023

Dr. Joe W. Ramos at lectern

– Dr. Joe W. Ramos has been Director and CEO of the LCRC since August 2022.

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Dr. Steve Nelson, LSU Health New Orleans Interim Chancellor (at lectern)

– Gov. John Bel Edwards and Dr. Steve Nelson, LSU Health New Orleans Interim Chancellor. 


LSU Health, LCMC Health, Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC), and Tulane have agreed to key steps to accelerate the attainment of the first National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center in Louisiana. 

Under the agreement, Dr. Joe W. Ramos, director and CEO of the LCRC, will serve as director of the LSU Health-LCMC Health Cancer Center as a full-time member of the LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine faculty. Also, LSU Health New Orleans will be the applicant institution for NCI designation.

LSU Health and LCMC Health have each committed $50 million to expanding the cancer center's research and multidisciplinary care programs, which will support the organization’s journey to NCI designation. LCMC Health will be the lead medical center partner.

“The work the LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center is doing will make fundamental changes in our approach to reducing the burden of cancer in Louisiana,” Dr. Ramos said. “We are employing a comprehensive approach to better prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer and train the next generation to continue this important work." 

Learn More about the NCI Designation Effort