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Conquest - Spring 2014

Leukemia chair picks up lifetime achievement honor


Hagop Kantarjian, M.D.

Hagop Kantarjian, M.D., chair of Leukemia, received a lifetime achievement award for his dedication to research and clinical practice from Castle & Connolly Medical Limited in March.

“Dr. Kantarjian is truly a world leader in the treatment of leukemia patients and in clinical research,” said Thomas Buchholz, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief. “Through this focus on researchdriven patient care, he has helped vastly improve survival and quality of life for leukemia patients everywhere. This award is recognition of his deep impact in the field.”

Castle & Connolly publishes Castle Connolly Top Doctors annually. In that process, the company solicits nominations from thousands of physicians and leaders from more than 1,000 hospitals to identify physicians who have made significant, cutting-edge contributions to their areas of medicine.

The two physicians recognized annually for lifetime achievement have attained international recognition for the body of their lifetime contributions to medicine and health at the broadest levels, the company announced.


Expanding the reach of care in Houston

MD Anderson has opened a specialized surgery clinic on the campus of Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, providing West Houston patients with a new level of cancer care and area physicians a new source of collaboration.

Located in the Memorial Hermann Professional Building, the 5,000 square-foot clinic is home to an MD Anderson team that includes surgeons specializing in cancers of the breast, lung, esophagus, head and neck, thyroid and skin. Also based in the outpatient clinic will be an MD Anderson urologist, neurosurgeon, reconstructive surgeon and three gynecologic oncologists. The surgeons are joined by their own teams of MD Anderson midlevel providers and clinical nurses who also specialize in oncology care.

“Increasingly, patients opt for cancer care outside the Texas Medical Center because they want to stay closer to their home, community, jobs and families. Our expansion into Memorial City provides a growing population in West Houston greater access to the specialized expertise and team-based care of MD Anderson cancer surgeons,” said Peter Pisters, M.D., vice president for MD Anderson’s care centers located around Houston. “Following surgery, patients can continue treatment at Memorial Hermann Memorial City, a hospital well known in the Houston community for its high quality services.”

 — Beth Dombrowa

© 2014 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center