Patient Services and Referrals

Patient Services


As part of our multidisciplinary approach to patient care, we provide a number of natural history and treatment protocols for thoracic and gastrointestinal cancers. For instance, we offer molecular analysis of tumors, targeted drug therapies and innovative surgical procedures. Patients are provided guidance and assistance with appointments, travel, counseling and social support. We believe it is important to collaborate with our patients’ primary care physicians in order to provide expert continuity of care. Before visiting, patients may be asked to provide medical records, disks with scans or x-ray studies, and a list of medications. Important facts for our patients:

  • Consultations are provided at no cost to the patient
  • After a patient is accepted onto a study, treatments and tests performed at NIH are also no cost to the patient
  • NIH does not cover the cost of medical services provided at other facilities
  • We are located in Bethesda, Maryland, approximately 8 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
  • Our clinics are located in the NIH Clinical Center (Building 10)
  • Visitor information is available at NIH Clinical Center

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Questions?  Visit NIH Clinical Research Trials and You.

Patient Referrals

Administrative Office:

Raffit Hassan, M.D., Chief
Medical Oncology

Administrative Staff:

Shane Hughes
Administrative Assistant

Lance Redding

Our oncology nurses, nurse practitioners and patient care coordinators can help you understand the rationale behind our clinical trials. Their knowledge and expertise helps guide patients and their families through our clinical protocols and provides reassurance by carefully explaining treatment plans. When surgery is indicated, state-of-the-art procedures are explained by surgeons with expertise in the field of oncology. Skilled physicians and allied professionals in genetics, nutrition, pharmacology, nuclear imaging, interventional radiology and gastroenterology are all part of the multi-disciplinary management of our patients.