NEW YORK — The Miami Cancer Institute is changing its name.
The Florida-based organization, founded in 2010, is changing the name of its flagship research institute to Miami Cancer Center, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
The change, announced Thursday by the institute’s president, Dr. James Levine, comes after the American Cancer Society and other groups challenged the organization’s use of the term cancer center in describing its work, the AP reported.
The American Cancer Association and other critics said the name change, in a statement, “is inconsistent with the objective of protecting people from cancer.”
The American College of Surgeons and other experts also objected to the term, saying it was misleading and offensive.
“The new name of the Miami Cancer Clinic should be more accurate,” said Dr. Christopher Wood, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Duke University School of Medicine.
“It should reflect the strength and integrity of this hospital, not just the name.”