The Ellison Institute

The Ellison Institute of USC draws collaborators from across conventional health and wellness fields, as well as from a broad range of other disciplines such as physics, biology, math and engineering to study cancer and potential ways to prevent, detect and treat the disease. The Institute complements and integrates cancer research conducted by faculty physicians and scientists across the world.
"By reimagining the ways cancer is diagnosed, prevented, studied and treated, we will create a bold new model for cancer treatment and care."

Our Mission

The Ellison Institute strives to leverage technology, spark innovation, and drive interdisciplinary evidence-based research to reimagine and redefine cancer treatment, enhance health, and transform lives.

Our Vision

Under the leadership of David B. Agus, MD, the Ellison Institute tackles difficult questions in healthcare and medical research to push the boundaries of medicine. We offer multifaceted programs, including a cancer clinic, cross-disciplinary research laboratories, a health policy think-tank, and community outreach and educational programs at our Institute.
Our Institute is comprised of dedicated clinicians, scientists, and thought-leaders from disparate backgrounds who have joined together to make a meaningful, positive impact on the lives of patients. This one-of-a-kind institute serves as a powerful catalyst for innovation and reimagining the status quo in medical research and cancer treatments. 
The Ellison Institute is designed to foster significant and continuous interaction among experts in diverse disciplines. Envisioned as a powerful catalyst for innovation and conciliant medicine, the Institute is a place to make changes, make connections, teach, learn, and heal. We aim to serve as a community resource, a networking hub, and symbol of wellness and healthy living.


The Ellison Institute is passionate about education. From empowering patients with the knowledge and resources to help extend their healthy years, to inspiring the next generation of scientists and clinicians to enter their health and science fields, education is central to our vision.


Patients are at the heart of everything we do at the Ellison Institute. We aspire to leverage modern technologies and tools to design and deliver evidence-driven, personalized, and compassionate care strategies. We integrate the interdisciplinary study and treatment of cancer to provide optimized treatments for each individual patient.


The best way to fight disease is to prevent it. Our team at the Ellison Institute focuses on the prevention and early detection of disease to help patients live longer, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. We empower patients with data and technology to help them develop effective strategies to improve their overall health and prevent illness.


The Ellison Institute strives to translate research from the laboratory to the patient as quickly and accurately as possible. As we understand the vital need for patients to have access to the latest treatments, we offer a comprehensive clinical trial program dedicated to providing the best investigational treatments to eligible patients.


The power of cross-disciplinary collaboration and convergent science is truly exponential. By incorporating diverse expertise, insights, and ideas with openness and curiosity, the Ellison Institute will help research overcome hurdles that have been challenging researchers and physicians for years.


The Ellison Institute is working to harness the power of big data to improve patient treatment and prevention strategies. We are also rapidly collecting patient samples to build biological repositories. These samples offer a rich source of data for our scientists to compare laboratory results with real-world patient outcomes to help guide and validate laboratory findings.