A Center for Focused Cancer Care

Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) began with a vision. After the instillation of the first proton cancer treatment institute in 1990, rumblings of the therapy’s success reached Hampton University president, Dr. William R. Harvey. Upon learning more about the treatment from a Hampton University alumnus, he assembled a team to assess the feasibility of what would become the largest free-standing proton therapy facility in the world.

HUPTI History

2005: Inspired by an HU alumnus, Dr. William R. Harvey puts project planning into motion. 2006: The planning progress is well under way with vendor selection and this architectural rendering. 2007: Ground breaks on July 23 and official construction begins. 2009: State-of-the-art equipment is brought to the facility for installation. 2010: HUPTI opens its doors to patients. 2011: All five treatment rooms are operational; the facility reaches completion. Today: With an eye toward the future, HUPTI remains focused on cancer care.

Hampton University’s outstanding medical physics program, strong ties to the nearby Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and longstanding relationship with the local cancer treatment community made it uniquely suited to become home to our nation’s eighth proton therapy treatment center. Engineered to be an environment where science and compassion meet, HUPTI’s advanced technologies and incredible, passionate staff continues to work together to bring patients and their families the very best in focused cancer care.

After their last treatment, patients ring the ceremonial bell to celebrate the completion of their journey with HUPTI.

Message from the Medical Director

Proton therapy centers offer a number of clear advantages for cancer treatment, but because of the complexity of the equipment, the extraordinary size of the building and radiation shielding, they are also quite costly. In fact, they are far too expensive for most cities and medical centers to handle. However, thanks to the vision and perseverance of Dr. Harvey, the driving force behind the center since its inception, Hampton Roads has joined a small, elite group of cities that offers this vitally important cancer therapy.

Christopher Sinesi, MD
Medical Director, HUPTI