Timothy Eberlein and Alvin Siteman standing in front of the Siteman Cancer Center.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch named Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, and Alvin J. Siteman as Citizens of the Year 2019.

This distinction recognizes the vital partnership between Eberlein, Director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center and Department of Surgery Chairman, and Siteman, whose $35 million donation made the center a reality. Together, they formed the Siteman Cancer Center, the only cancer center in Missouri to hold the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation and “Exceptional” rating from the National Cancer Institute and membership in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Eberlein emphasizes the importance of establishing and developing partnerships. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital partnered to form the center in 2001. Mr. Siteman has continued to fund research, advancing innovations in patient care.

“I have a challenge for all of us,” says Eberlein. “Can we replicate these partnerships to help St. Louis accomplish leadership in other areas? […] Can the St. Louis region become the envy of other cities and regions in the United States?”

Siteman Cancer Center continues to pioneer new research and provide world-class care to patients from all 50 states, right here in St. Louis. With over $145 million in research funding every year, the center rapidly incorporates research into advancements in treatment. The center provides care for more than 75,000 patients every year.

Eberlein continues to lead the Department of Surgery and Siteman Cancer Center in offering world-class cancer care, one patient at a time, and is honored to receive the Citizen of the Year Award.

“For me personally, it is a double honor to be linked with a community leader and visionary such as Al Siteman,” Eberlein states.

Leading by Example

There have been many partnerships equally important in achieving these accomplishments. Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital initially partnered to form the center. Now, years later, we have been joined by St. Louis Children’s Hospital, which houses our Siteman Kids, the program that specializes in caring for children with cancer.

Timothy Eberlein with St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The School of Medicine actively works to build and cultivate partnerships with local industry and community leaders. Washington University Physicians is among the larger academic practices in the nation and cares for patients from all 50 states. This broad network of subject matter experts and internationally recognized specialists allows our faculty to excel in patient care.

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Washington University looks forward to continuing to expand partnerships within Missouri and Illinois for both clinical care and research collaborations, which currently include 106 primary care clinics in 66 counties.