MSK Plans To Build New Cancer Care Pavilion

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To ensure greater access to cancer care for all New Yorkers and patients who come from around the globe, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) today announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art cancer care Pavilion on its main campus on the Upper East Side.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that by 2050 the annual number of cancer cases in the United States will increase by nearly 50 percent as a result of the growing and aging population. At the same time, the incidence of several cancers – including colon, gastric, and breast – has been steadily rising in the younger population. These projections confirm the need MSK first identified in 2001 when it presented its long-term plan to New York City planning officials in conjunction with the approval of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center.

Cancer risk increases as people age. As life expectancy improves over the next century, the number of people who develop cancer will grow, and it is likely that patients who develop cancer will have more acute needs requiring more complex care. The new Pavilion will house advanced technology to help us better care for our patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis with cutting-edge robotics, improved digital infrastructure, and enhanced operating/procedure suites that MSK’s current facilities cannot accommodate.

Located on York Avenue between East 66th and 67th Street, the Pavilion will be devoted exclusively to patient care. The proposed 31-story building will feature 28 operating/procedure suites and approximately 200 inpatient beds. This expansion will support MSK’s continued efforts to address disparities in access to cancer care for medically underserved communities and will be designed to address the evolving cancer care needs over the next century. As envisioned, the building will be LEED Certified and connected to Memorial Hospital via a patient bridge.


March 15, 2022