Leroy T. Canoles Jr.
Cancer Research Center

Named in honor of Norfolk lawyer, community leader and philanthropist Leroy T. "Buddy" Canoles, Jr., the Cancer Research Center is dedicated to translational research that leads to improved care. Clinicians and scientists are brought together, collaborating to connect the laboratory and the physician's office.


Head Shot of O. John Semmes

‌‌‌O. John Semmes, Ph.D.
Director, Leroy T. Canoles Jr. Cancer Research Center
Anthem Distinguished Professor for Cancer Research
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology


‌From the center's home in EVMS's Harry T. Lester Hall, our scientists will expand research into new diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Studies at the center will vastly improve a physician's ability to find the best course of treatment for each patient.

Our researchers are working to develop new tools that will improve lives in Hampton Roads and beyond. Success means improved care for the more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. — 34,000 in Virginia — who will find out this year that they have cancer.


Cancer Center Faculty and Staff

By improving the way cancer is diagnosed and treated, the survival rate increases, as does the hope that we can beat this disease once and for all.