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About Levine Cancer Institute

Levine Cancer Institute’s unique concept of care delivery is giving patients throughout the Carolinas access to innovative research, state-of-the-art treatment and top-ranked physician expertise. The Institute distributes care across a network of more than 25 locations in North and South Carolina, so that patients living in rural areas are able to receive world class cancer care close to home.

Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the largest public healthcare systems in the country, established Levine Cancer Institute in 2010 to more closely integrate and build upon the cancer programs within its network and leverage the resources of a healthcare system with more than 40 hospitals and 900 care locations.

Through advanced technology connections, including webcasted teleconferences and virtual tumor boards, physicians located throughout the Institute are able to collaborate on best practices and treatment guidelines ensuring that all patients have access to the latest clinical tools and world class expertise.

Why Choose Levine Cancer Institute?

  • One of the country’s largest single institution cancer research databases, with more than 11,000 potential new cases annually.
  • Patient access to world class cancer care through accredited programs across two states.
  • Clinical pathways treatment guidelines that have been implemented throughout the Institute’s network, covering 15 different tumor sites to ensure treatment is consistent for all Institute patients, no matter the facility in which they’re being treated.
  • Unique structure to better track outcomes, drive efficiency, move research from bench to bedside quickly, and establish more accountable cancer care.
  • Shared expertise – nationally-ranked experts collaborating on cases and developing best practices.
  • Innovative survivorship programs like patient navigation/one of the nation’s first navigator academies.
  • Leading research, especially around first-in-human trials and complex cancer.
  • Innovative geriatric and integrative medicine cancer programs and emergency department protocols.
  • In conjunction with Carolinas Rehab, has the only inpatient oncology rehabilitation team in the Southeast.

Our Leadership Team

Dr. Derek Raghavan

Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, FACP, FRACP

Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, FACP, FRACP, is President of the Levine Cancer Institute and an internationally-renowned cancer researcher and medical oncologist who has pioneered innovative approaches to cancer care. He has been a principal investigator for more than a dozen major research grants; has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed professional journals; and has been cited a clinical expert and thought leader on issues such as the value and cost of cancer care.

Dr. Ed Kim

Edward Kim, MD

Edward Kim, MD, is the chair of the department of Solid Tumor Oncology at Levine Cancer Institute. He is a national leader in molecular prognostication for lung cancer and specializes in thoracic oncology and head and neck cancer. He has written numerous journal articles and editorials, served as principal investigator on numerous studies and has published articles in top-tier, peer-reviewed research journals while being an industry leader in in cancer prevention.

Dr. Edward Copelan

Ed Copelan, MD, FACP

Ed Copelan, MD, FACP, is chair of the Department of Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders at Levine Cancer Institute. He has spent nearly 30 years at the forefront of oncology research, specializing in bone marrow transplant, leukemia, multiple myeloma and myelodysplastic syndromes. He has held multiple academic appointments and has published numerous articles and abstracts, as well as serving on several committees with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the National Institute of Health.

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