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Quick Facts 2014

Patient Care

At MD Anderson, everything we do revolves around our patients. In Fiscal Year 2013, more than 120,000 people — nearly one-third of them new patients — sought the superior care that has made MD Anderson so widely respected. Almost 7,600 participants were enrolled in clinical trials exploring innovative treatments. The institution’s cancer clinical trial program is the largest in the nation.

Clinical ActivityFY09FY13% Change
Hospital admissions23,27727,905+20%
Average number of inpatient beds507656+29%
Outpatient clinic visits, treatments, procedures1,055,0921,338,706+27%
Pathology/laboratory medicine procedures10,112,24411,718,405+16%
Diagnostic imaging procedures519,150501,887-3%
Surgery hours62,58770,221+12%
Total active clinical research protocols1,0731,065-1%



  • MD Anderson is accredited by the Joint Commission, an organization that ensures patients receive the best and safest health care possible.
  • The nursing program holds Magnet Nursing Services Recognition status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  • MD Anderson provided $225 million in uncompensated care to Texans with cancer in FY13. This figure includes unreimbursed costs of care for patients who either have no insurance or are underinsured, or whose care was not fully covered by government-sponsored health programs.
  • MD Anderson joined advocacy organizations from across Texas to educate legislators about the dangers of tanning beds, and, on Sept. 1, 2013, a new state law took effect prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using them. The institution is working with other states to pass similar legislation.
  • The new Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy will be an international center of clinical excellence focused on using the latest advances in genetic testing to develop safer, more effective treatments for patients on a case-by-case basis. It is scheduled for completion in August 2014.


At MD Anderson, important scientific knowledge gained in the laboratory is rapidly translated into clinical care. The research program is considered one of the most productive in the world aimed solely at cancer.

Sources of Research ExpendituresFY09FY13% Change
Federal grants and contracts$194,632,638$182,970,502-6%
Private industry grants and contracts$43,688,603$65,579,036+50%
Philanthropy and foundations$83,046,345$101,642,898+22%
State funding allocated for research$21,685,677$41,876,559+93%
Internal funding allocated for research$167,219,478$278,500,613+66%
Total research expenditures$510,272,741$670,569,608+31%



  • MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program is targeting eight types of cancer in an effort to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce deaths caused by the disease. In its first year, the program received $139 million in private philanthropic commitments. The ultimate goal is for all cancers to become moon shots.
  • The institution’s faculty members are among the most esteemed in the nation, including seven Institute of Medicine members, two National Academy of Sciences members and four Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows.
  • It ranks first in total amount of grant dollars from the National Cancer Institute.

Sources of Revenue

MD Anderson’s total revenue in FY13 was more than $4.1 billion. Of that total, only 3.7% was general revenue appropriated by the State of Texas. Note: dollar figures presented here are in millions.



  1. Funds received from parking fees, valet services, dining facilities, hotel charges, gift shop sales and vending machine sales
  2. Includes tuition and student fees, Children’s Art Project sales, management fees and other sources


Almost 6,500 trainees, including physicians, scientists, nurses and allied health professionals, took part in educational programs at MD Anderson in FY13. The institution awards bachelor’s degrees in eight allied health disciplines and, in collaboration with the UT Health Science Center at Houston, awards M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

In addition, thousands of health professionals participate in continuing education and distance-learning opportunities. MD Anderson also provides education programs for healthy people, those at risk of cancer, patients, survivors and caregivers.

Education ProfileFY09FY13% Change
Clinical residents, fellows1,1241,231+10%
Research trainees1,6021,743+9%
Observers, visitors, special programs415507+22%
Nursing trainees2,0981,306*-38%
Student programs participants9141,396+53%
School of Health Professions students205291+42%
Total trainees6,3586,474+2%

* Total includes academic credit clinical placement only. Previous years’ data included outreach and Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas education programs.


  • Accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools affirms MD Anderson as a major teaching institution.
  • MD Anderson has 74 Graduate Medical Education Programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (24), American Dental Association (one), American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (one), or approved by the Texas Medical Board (48).


MD Anderson continues to set the standard in cancer prevention research and the translation of new knowledge into innovative, multidisciplinary care.

The institution’s Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences division is dedicated to:

  • Eradicating cancer through pioneering research into the roles that biologic, genetic, environmental, economic, behavioral and social factors play in cancer development.
  • Investigating various types of interventions to prevent or reduce cancer risk.
  • Improving cancer care delivery, safety, availability and affordability.

Through the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment, the division is investing in promising new research directions and integrating basic research and clinical studies to accelerate their translation from the clinic to the community.

The Cancer Prevention Center provides cancer risk assessments; screening exams based on genetics, age and gender; and personalized risk-reduction strategies, including chemoprevention.

Prevention Research FundingFY013
Donor and designated funds$12,701,585 million
Federal grants and contracts$19,180,557 million



  • Complementing our clinical mission, MD Anderson’s commitment to cancer control involves developing and implementing evidence-based interventions in public policy, public education and community-based clinical services.
  • MD Anderson’s integrative health initiative expands evidence-based, patient-centered and research-driven clinical services in exercise, nutrition, psychosocial, complementary therapies and tobacco cessation for people at elevated risk for cancer, patients in treatment and cancer survivors.


MD Anderson employs nearly 20,000 people, including more than 1,600 faculty. In addition, a volunteer workforce of 1,200 contributed 193,921 hours of service in FY13. Our employees and volunteers work together toward fulfilling
MD Anderson’s mission of eliminating cancer.


MD Anderson’s commitment to those who have served in our nation’s military earned it a spot on the 2013 Best for Vets employer list. For the sixth consecutive year, the American Association of Retired Persons selected the institution as one of the Best Employers for Workers Over 50, placing it at No. 4. And the online career site Glassdoor named MD Anderson among the top five Best Places to Work for 2013.


MD Anderson has Houston-area locations in the Texas Medical Center, Bay Area, Katy, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, Bellaire (diagnostic imaging) and Memorial City (surgery). MD Anderson physicians also provide cancer care to the underserved at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital.

In addition, there are two research campuses in Bastrop County, Texas. The institution also has developed a network of national and international locations.

MD Anderson Cancer Network®

Partner members

  • Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center (Gilbert, Ariz.)
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper (New Jersey)

Certified member

  • 13 health systems and hospitals in 11 states


  • MD Anderson Cancer Center Madrid (Spain)
  • MD Anderson Radiation Treatment Center at American Hospital (Istanbul)
  • MD Anderson Radiation Treatment Center at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital (Albuquerque, N.M.)

Updated August 2014

MD Anderson: Quick look

Created: 1941

First patient: 1944 (more than 977,000 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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