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Luke Hillier Cancer Research Alliance

The Luke Hillier Cancer Research Alliance provides access to cutting-edge trials and provides hope for those dealing with a cancer diagnosis. It is critical to understand the role of clinical research in oncology, as it is central to discovering and improving cancer treatments for people worldwide.

By tapping into the strengths and expertise of each of the organizations, together, patients in Hampton Roads will have access to the latest innovative clinical trials. The Luke Hillier Cancer Research Alliance will provide expanded access to early phase clinical trials, translational research and biospecimen banking opportunities. There will be an added focus on health equities and outcomes research to address the health inequities that exist in the community.

Through a transformational gift by Virginia Beach native Luke Hillier, the Luke Hillier Cancer Research Alliance enables further collaboration between longtime partners EVMS, Sentara Healthcare and Virginia Oncology Associates to advance oncology research in the community.

Today’s clinical trials are tomorrow’s latest treatment options.


The Luke Hillier Cancer Research Alliance is an innovative partnership between Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), the Sentara Brock Cancer Center, Sentara Health Research Center and Virginia Oncology Associates (VOA).

Eastern Virginia Medical School-(EVMS)

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)

Educates the next generation of exceptional medical and healthcare professionals. Providing outstanding patient care for the residents, conducting research to improve healthcare outcomes for the local community and communities the world over. Their graduates, investigators and physicians are expanding global influence. 

EVMS is known for its groundbreaking work in the field of cancer research. Their commitment to discovering new techniques, drugs and treatments, and biobanking capabilities will further the advancement of cancer therapies.

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Sentara Brock Cancer Center

A state-of-the-art facility and the regional hub of the Sentara Cancer Network, which coordinates highly skilled physicians, specialists and researchers as they work to better understand cancer, detect it earlier, and treat it more effectively. The Sentara Brock Cancer Center houses the Luke Hillier Cancer Research Alliance.

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Sentara Health Research Center

Provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research conducted across Sentara and in the communities they serve. Located in one of the most culturally diverse regions of the United States, Sentara Health Research Center serves as a premier research partner. With over 300 sites of care and 12 hospitals, Sentara is utilizing the research capability and scope of our healthcare system to advance health throughout the community.

Sentara Health Research Center is committed to advancing research and improving lives. Sentara is a member of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, which provides access to National Cancer Institute trials in our local community.

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Virginia Oncology Associates (VOA)

Offers comprehensive, community-based multidisciplinary care and research built around their patients. With more than 40 years in practice and over 450 years of combined experience, they’re changing the landscape of patient care. Their dedicated physicians and staff specialize in caring for patients with cancer and blood disorders and provide access to the most innovative, advanced therapies and latest technologies throughout Hampton Roads, Northeast North Carolina, and the surrounding areas.

Virginia Oncology Associates is a leader in providing clinical trials to the Hampton Roads community. Realizing that clinical research is no longer conducted exclusively at large academic centers, they have embraced clinical research as a critical component of their community-based care.

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Make a Gift to the Luke Hillier Cancer
Research Alliance

You can make a lasting impact on cancer research by making a gift to the Luke Hillier Cancer Research Alliance. To find out more, email or call (757) 455-7976.