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Promise - Fall 2011

  • MD Anderson Ranks No. 1 in Cancer Care

For the fifth straight year, MD Anderson is the leading hospital in the nation for cancer care, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Hospitals" survey.

MD Anderson has ranked No. 1 eight times in the past decade. The institution has been named one of the top two hospitals for cancer in the United States since the survey began 22 years ago.

The rankings are based on a complex mix of criteria that includes key technologies, nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, and the availability of patient services such as genetic testing/counseling, translation services, wound management, palliative care and others. The methodology also weighs reputation with board-certified physicians from around the nation, disease outcomes and patient safety.

“This top national ranking acknowledges the signature care that our 18,000 employees deliver and advance every day,” says Thomas W. Burke, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief. “We’re honored to have our innovative patient care, nursing, clinical trials, research, supportive care and outreach programs recognized among so many great cancer centers in the nation. Our faculty, staff and volunteers share this accolade with our patients, who inspire us all every day.”

  • Komen for the Cure® Houston Affiliate Names Grant Recipients

Banu Arun, M.D., associate professor of Breast Medical Oncology, and Arlene Nazario, M.D., clinical associate professor, Department of General Oncology, were two of 22 grant recipients honored at the 2011 IMPACT Awards luncheon in June. 

The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® established the luncheon to spotlight grant recipients and honor members of the community who are dedicated to eradicating breast cancer. 

Komen for the Cure® has given a total of $3.27 million to southeast Texas organizations that provide lifesaving services to uninsured and low-income people for breast cancer screening, education and treatment.

  • Pasqualini Wins Prestigious International Award

Renata Pasqualini, Ph.D.

Renata Pasqualini, Ph.D., professor of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, is the 2011 recipient of the Sergio Lombroso Award in Cancer Research. She accepted the award in June at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel. 

The award, which comes with a $20,000 prize, goes every two years to an internationally distinguished scientist, medical researcher or physician who has made significant contributions to understanding the causes and mechanisms of cancer or to its diagnostics and therapy.


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