May 22, 2018

Bon Secours

… the Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Harbour View

In 2014, the Bon Secours Cancer Institute at DePaul opened its doors, a $20 million investment heralded as offering “a comprehensive continuum of interdisciplinary care and treatment to cancer patients in Hampton Roads.” The Institute, which includes a team of radiation oncologists, surgeons and other cancer specialists, was the first step in Bon Secours’ strategic plan to address the high incidence of cancer and mortality rates throughout Southeastern Virginia.

Christopher McCann, DO

It was a highly ambitious and successful endeavor, but Bon Secours had just begun.  Recognizing that cancer rates run even higher in Western Hampton Roads than other local and national averages, Bon Secours invested another $20 million to build the state-of-the-art Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Harbour View in Suffolk, which began treating its first patients in late 2016.

Gregory B. Franz, MD

Offering innovative treatments like external beam radiation therapy, advanced brachytherapy, mobile PET/CT and chemotherapy services, the Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Harbour View is focused on the mission of reducing death rates for individuals with a diagnosis of cancer, and is on target to provide more than 8,000 radiation therapy treatments for its patients each year.

The Cancer Institute is located at Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View, a premier outpatient destination serving Western Hampton Roads.  The addition of the radiation therapy and infusion therapy services provides cancer patients with access to diagnostic testing, outpatient surgery, and cancer specialists on the same campus.

Bon Secours is increasingly recognized as a leader in cancer treatment and innovation. A large part of that reputation is owed to its ability to attract physicians of the highest caliber, who come from across the country to join the health system.  Both the DePaul and Harbour View Cancer Institutes have recently welcomed specialists.

Christopher McCann, DO received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the University of New England. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut and his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

He previously served as an instructor in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists and the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.

Dr. McCann practices gynecologic oncology and performs major gynecologic surgeries, focusing on medical and surgical management of patients with ovarian, endometrial and cervical cancer with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopy and robotic-assisted laparoscopy to enhance traditional gynecologic oncology procedures.

Gregory B. Franz, MD is a board certified medical oncologist and hematologist.  He attended medical school at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York and completed his internship at New York Hospital Queens (Cornell Medical School Program). After completing his internal medicine training, he went on to complete a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center-National Comprehensive Cancer Network affiliated training site in Memphis, Tennessee.

Dr. Franz served as a director at a regional hospital-based oncology practice in Southeastern Georgia and as medical director for a regional hospice program. Additionally, he has practiced at a large Memphis hospital-based oncology practice, where he primarily focused on treating breast cancer patients and served as an investigator and participated in several clinical trials. More recently, he worked in private practice at the Piedmont Cancer Institute in Atlanta, Georgia.

Together with the multidisciplinary teams at the Bon Secours Cancer Institutes at DePaul and Harbour View, Dr. McCann and Dr. Franz continue to elevate and expand cancer care and treatment to the people of southeastern Virginia.  Visit for more information or to refer a patient.