It has been a long-time coming for Stony Brook University and Stony Brook Medicine.

After years of planning and construction, Stony Brook celebrated its soon-to-be-opened, state-of-the-art Medical and Research Translation (MART) building and Stony Brook University Cancer Center on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“The MART brings together Stony Brook clinicians and researchers to share ideas and inspiration in ways never before imagined, to drive discovery and innovation,” said Dr. Kenneth Kaushanksy, senior vice president and dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

“This facility also represents the convergence of the three-part mission of Stony Brook University School of Medicine as Long Island’s premier academic medical center: research, education and clinical care.”

The MART will be open for patients starting this upcoming January.

“We are more than doubling our capacity,” added Dr. Yusuf Hannun, director of Stony Brook Cancer Center

The eight-floor facility, which is attached to Stony Brook University Hospital, will include 38 exam rooms (with an additional six pediatric oncology exam rooms), seven procedure rooms, with 38 adult and 11 pediatric infusion chairs.

Other highlights include research labs, a 305-seat auditorium, 10 classrooms, and multipurpose rooms for yoga and meditation classes. (Scroll down to see a photo tour.)

The new research areas were created to help find new ways to cure and prevent cancer.

“Here, we also designed the space and its utilization to enhance how we tackle cancer,” explained Hannun, who is the vice dean for Cancer Medicine and Joel Strum Kenny Professor in Cancer Research.

The 240,000 square feet, nearly $200 million project is part of Stony Brook Medicine’s $450 million expansion program, which also includes a children’s hospital.

The funding for the MART came from New York State grants and donations.

“Today, it’s just another building, another program that adds to the prestige of Stony Brook,” said New York State Senator Kenneth LaValle at the ceremony. “And, also, a lot of discoveries will happen here that will save peoples lives.”

photo tour

Dr. Kenneth Kaushanksy, senior vice president and dean of Stony Brook University School of Medicine, in the new 305-seat auditorium.

The MART’s 305-seat auditorium.

Cancer boutique that will provide prostheses, wigs and mastectomy apparel.

New infusion bay area.

Executive office overlooking the parking lot.

A dedicated lab that will house about 80 researchers.

Pediatric relaxation station.

One of the 10 classrooms that will be used for inspiring doctors.

PET scanner.

Fireplace located in the infusion bay area.

Cyclotron, a particle accelerator used in cancer therapy.

Top:  The MART ribbon cutting including (L-R)  New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright; SUNY Board of Trustee and Stony Brook Foundation board member, Cary Staller; Stony Brook University President, Samuel L. Stanley, Jr, MD; New York State Senator Kenneth LaValle; SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson; Jim and Marilyn Simons; New York State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan; President of the Long Island Association and Chair of the Stony Brook Council, Kevin Law; Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, Kenneth Kaushansky, MD; Director of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Yusuf Hannun, MD; and representing Governor Andrew Cuomo, Marta Santiago-Jones, Consultant Nurse Hospital Services Administrator at the New York State Department of Health.  (Credit: Stony Brook Medicine.)