START Midwest

START Midwest



START Midwest is the fifth in START’s global network of Phase I clinical research sites, which currently includes two centers in Madrid, one in Shanghai and START’s flagship site in San Antonio, which opened in 2007. START Midwest is START’s second US-based site, and will offer advanced cancer patients first-ever access to investigational, Phase I medicines.

START Midwest is located within the 3rd floor suite of Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan (CHCWM) at the Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavillion located on the Medical Mile on Michigan Street, just north of Downtown Grand Rapids.

START Midwest is led by Dr. Nehal Lakhani, and Dr. Timothy O’Rourke and brings the latest treatment options to cancer patients in Western Michigan and throughout the Midwest.

Prior to START Midwest opening, patients in West Michigan who wanted access to early phase anti-cancer drugs had to travel to Ann Arbor, Detroit or Chicago. Now, late-stage cancer patients in Grand Rapids have access to early phase medicines without having to travel.

Cancer & Hematology Centers of West Michigan is dedicated to help, healing, and hope for cancer patients and their families. With offices in Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon, plus regional clinics in Ludington, Greenville, Fremont, Hastings and Reed City, CHCWM’s 20 physicians and nearly 300 employees deliver cutting-edge cancer care close to home. In addition to the area’s most highly trained and compassionate physicians, CHCWM serves patients and their families with a full range of support staff, including oncology-certified nurses, social workers, lab and pharmacy personnel, and a psychologist.

START Midwest Location



Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavillion
5800 Foremost Dr SE Grand Rapids MI 49546
Phone: (616) 954-5554