UPMC to open 25 cancer centers in Mideast, Europe

| August 24, 2008

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center wants to open 25 cancer centers in Europe and the Middle East in the next 10 years, a top UPMC official said Tuesday.

The centers would be similar to UPMC’s facilities in Ireland, said Chuck Bogosta, executive vice president of UPMC and president of its international and commercial services division.

Those facilities, in Dublin and Waterford, operate under special agreements with the Irish government, which pay for a large portion of the projects’ costs. The new facilities would be developed under similar agreements, Bogosta said.

"I think it is very achievable," Bogosta said, noting that the goal is to open about two centers every year. Such a pace is possible for UPMC, which opened 13 cancer centers in Western Pennsylvania in a four-year period. "Our primary target is the Middle East and Europe."


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