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Department of Emergency Medicine

In 2010, MD Anderson created the first academic department of emergency medicine in a comprehensive cancer center.  Knox H. Todd, MD, MPH, founding chair of the department, leads a dedicated group of physicians, mid-level providers, and researchers, in promoting the development of oncologic emergency medicine as a distinct discipline.

More than 20,000 patients annually receive care in MD Anderson’s 44-bed Emergency Center for a variety of acute oncologic emergencies.  Department faculty have a broad range of research interests, including oncologic emergencies, pain treatment, health disparities, palliative care, and the role of obesity and diabetes in breast cancer.

The Department of Emergency Medicine’s mission is to provide efficient and timely care of the highest quality to those with cancer and to uphold MD Anderson’s core values of caring, integrity and discovery.”


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