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Ombuds Office

Ombuds: ŏm'bŭdz' noun

A designated neutral person who helps address workplace issues by providing a confidential place to voice concerns and identify options.

The MD Anderson Ombuds Office serves all employees, including faculty, classified and administrative staff, trainees, postdocs, and students. The Office assists with any workplace issues, including alleged unfairness, harassment, professional or personal disrespect, research issues, and authorship disagreements. Whatever the issue, Ombudspersons help to resolve workplace problems by serving as impartial coaches, guides, negotiators, and mediators. 

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Make An Appointment With An Ombudsperson

By Phone: 
713-792-4896 or 866-610-7841


Ombuds Office
Pickens Academic Tower (FCT10.5081)
1400 Pressler Drive
Houston, TX 77030

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Upcoming Classes and Events

Conflict Resolution in the Moment

  • October 14, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30pm (Full)
  • December 8, 2015, 12:00 - 1:30pm (Full)
  • February 18, 2016, 12:00 - 1:30pm (Space available)

Description: In this interactive workshop you will learn how to respond to incivility on the spot, de-escalate a conversation that becomes very tense, raise concerns without being viewed as a troublemaker, be both assertive and diplomatic when discussing difficult issues, respond to feedback that is inaccurate, and raise concerns when there is fear of retaliation.
How to Register: Email for February offering 

Ombuds Office Open House

  • October 15, 2015, from 11:00am - 2:00pm

Description: Come meet the Ombuds team and learn about the services we provide. Refreshments will be served.

Conflict Resolution - Build Your Conflict Competency

  • December 1, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00pm (Open for registration)
  • May 19, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00pm (Open for registration)
  • August 18, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00pm (Open for registration)

Description: Do you ever get stuck when facing a conflict? Would you like to build trust and respect while constructively resolving conflict? This interactive class will help you understand the dynamics of conflict, increase understanding of conflict styles, and provide strategies for positive resolutions.
How to Register: Education center Select "Learn," "Classroom Training," and input "Conflict Competency" into search

Customized Workshops and Facilitations

Time: 1 to 4 hours depending on need
Date: Depending on availability
Description: Does your team need assistance in respectfully and constructively resolving conflict? We can design a session to raise awareness on conflict resolution strategies that can help your team turn conflict into positive interactions. For more information please email

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