The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center says
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world's most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It is located in central Houston on the Texas Medical Center campus.
MD Anderson was created in 1941 as a part of The University of Texas System. The institution is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971 and is one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers today.
In 2011, MD Anderson marked its 70-year anniversary and welcomed Ronald DePinho, M.D., as the fourth full-time president in the institution's history.
U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" survey ranked MD Anderson as the top hospital in the nation for cancer care in 2011. It has achieved this highest ranking eight times in the past 10 years and has ranked as one of the top two hospitals for cancer care since the magazine began its annual survey in 1990.
Thanks to generous donors, MD Anderson concluded the Making Cancer History: The Campaign to Transform Cancer Care in 2011, raising $1.215 billion. The funds support a variety of key initiatives related to cancer research, patient care, education and prevention. Since 1944, about 900,000 patients have turned to MD Anderson for cancer care in the form of targeted therapies, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and proton therapy, immunotherapy, or combinations of these and other treatments. The multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer was pioneered at MD Anderson. This brings together teams of experts across disciplines to collaborate on the best treatment plan for patients. And because MD Anderson's experts focus solely on cancer, they're renowned for treating all types of cancer, including rare or uncommon diseases.
In Fiscal Year 2011, MD Anderson provided cancer care for more than 108,000 patients. Of those, about 34,000 were new patients. About one-third of patients come to Houston from outside Texas, seeking the knowledge-based care that has made MD Anderson so widely respected. There were nearly 10,000 registrants on clinical trials exploring novel therapies and diagnostic tests in FY11, making it the largest such program in the nation.
The Institute for Cancer Care Excellence is helping MD Anderson lead the way in developing an improved cancer care model through studies that determine the best methods to deliver care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, equitable and patient-centered.
National organizations recognize MD Anderson for these and other qualities. The Joint Commission, a nonprofit hospital accreditation group, reaccredited
MD Anderson in 2011. The institution's radiation oncology practice was accredited in 2011 by the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. In 2010, MD Anderson was redesignated with Magnet Nursing Services Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an honor it first received in 2001.