In 2013, the Stewart Trust pledged $1 million for a proposed joint pediatric radiation oncology and dedicated pediatric proton beam facility for Children’s National Medical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Johns Hopkins University. Proton therapy is more precise and less toxic than conventional radiation therapy and has been shown to be beneficial for specific types of patients, including children with cancer and adults with tumors near vital organs.
The Trust’s investment leveraged significant government and foundation funding for a pediatric gantry/“vault” to provide highly specialized cancer treatment for children in Washington, DC, and related research.
Dr. Matthew Ladra was selected to lead the pediatric proton therapy program at Sibley Memorial Hospital in 2015. The Johns Hopkins National Proton Therapy Center at Sibley is currently scheduled to open in 2019 and will be a critical resource for cancer patients in the Washington, DC, region and beyond.