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Economic Impact of MD Anderson

While MD Anderson has earned a world-wide reputation for achievements in cancer research, patient care, education and prevention, less obvious are the economic benefits the institution brings to the greater Houston region and the State of Texas.

A report prepared in 2009 by The Perryman Group, a Texas-based economic and financial analysis firm, confirms our role as a vital part of the regional and state economies.

Here are some findings:

Operations and spending

Through ongoing operations, and spending by students and patient family members, MD Anderson has an impact of:

  • $7.3 billion in annual spending
  • $3.8 billion in annual output1
  • 51,960 permanent jobs

The benefits also include:

  • $181.1 million in annual state revenue
  • $108.2 million in annual resources for various local governments2

Provision of care

Caring for persons who cannot afford treatment is an important role of
MD Anderson. The impact from the provision of this care is:

  • $0.8 billion in annual spending
  • $0.4 billion in annual output1
  • 5,183 permanent jobs

Research impact

Knowledge gained through research discoveries at MD Anderson translates into social benefits throughout the world, in terms of improved treatments and economic effects. These have an impact on the U.S. economy of:

  • $20.1 billion in annual spending
  • $9.8 billion in annual output1
  • More than 112,500 permanent jobs

Facilities projects

The completion or initiation of significant facilities construction and development projects over the past five years has generated:

  • $4.4 billion in total spending
  • $2 billion in output1
  • 26,152 person-years of employment3

Greater Houston area

A substantial portion of the economic contributions associated with MD Anderson occur in the greater Houston area. Yearly gains in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan statistical area include:

  • $13.5 billion in total expenditures
  • $6.7 billion in gross product4
  • $4.5 billion in earnings
  • More than 82,400 permanent jobs

The overall effects of all aspects of MD Anderson activity represent approximately 2% of the Houston economy.


1Total value of goods and services produced
2Predominantly taxes and some fees
3Full-time equivalent jobs, measuring persons working for a year
4Value of output produced in the greater Houston region

MD Anderson: Quick look

Created: 1941

First patient: 1944 (more than 900,000 patients treated overall)

Ranking: No. 2 in cancer care, America’s Best Hospitals, U.S. News and World Report (ranked in the top two for the past 25 years)

Employees: 19,655

Faculty: 1,671

Volunteers: 1,200

Trainees: 6,474

Average number of operating beds: 656

Research grants: No. 1 in grants awarded and total grant dollars by the National Cancer Institute

Active clinical research protocols: 1,065 (about 7,600 patient registrants)


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