Dr. Mary Raab and her late husband, Dr. Spencer Raab have been iconic figures in eastern North Carolina and in the field of cancer research. Dr. Raab and her husband dedicated their lives to improving and developing the Oncology department at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and improving the lives of countless cancer survivors in our region.
Together, Dr. Raab and her husband treated cancer patients through eastern NC for more than 30 years. They created outreach clinics in Washington, Jacksonville, Morehead City, Edenton and Williamston to provide quality cancer treatment closer to home for many.
A crowning achievement of their work, The Leo Jenkins Cancer Center at the Brody School of Medicine provides care to more than 6,000 patients each and every year. The centers purpose is to not only treat patients but to conduct the vital research necessary to seek a cure and put an end to cancer once and for all.
After her husband’s death, Dr. Raab carried on their legacy of tireless effort to providing all of eastern North Carolina with quality cancer treatment, cutting-edge research, and unmatched education.
Dr. Raab’s gifts through the Community Foundation of NC East have impacted thousands of individuals, and her work in our region continues to this day. We are blessed that Dr. Mary Raab chose the CFNCEast as her vehicle for philanthropic giving and that she calls eastern North Carolina home.