Center for Global Oncology and Health Equity

Creating sustainable oncology care for underserved populations

Through our partnership with the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center has worked with Kenyan colleagues and other partners to establish an internationally respected oncology program in western Kenya.

Our Center for Global Oncology and Health Equity, led by Patrick Loehrer, MD, aims to expand that vision.

Our mission is “to promote the field of global oncology through research, education and training, and health policy to promote equity in cancer prevention and treatment among the underserved and underrepresented populations in Indiana and throughout the world.”

Our goal is for the center to become the academic model for global oncology that promotes equity in cancer care around the world.      

Indiana University initiated the alliance with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and Moi University School of Medicine in Eldoret, Kenya, in 1988.

Fulbright Scholar: Terry Vik, MD

Pediatric hematologist-oncologist Terry Vik, MD, spent several months in Eldoret in 2020 and 2021 through a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

The award enabled him to train the first class of pediatric hematology-oncology fellows in Kenya, while also conducting research to demonstrate the lack of diagnosis of childhood cancers.

His latest published papers include research on Wilms tumors, pediatric acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, multiple myeloma, and more.

While there, he also developed additional training resources and worked to improve the general medical knowledge of childhood cancer in communities across western Kenya.

Dr. Vik is a member of the cancer center’s Cancer Prevention and Control research program.

Read More Watch the Video Meet Dr. Vik

National Cancer Institute reviewers have called our work in Kenya “an impressive model for addressing global cancer disparities and health equity.”

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For more information about the Center for Global Oncology and Health Equity, contact Neil Flick, associate director of administration, at

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