The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world's most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It is located in central Houston in the Texas Medical Center.
MD Anderson was created in 1941 as part of The University of Texas System. The institution is one of the nation’s original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971 and is one of 51 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers today.
U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" survey has ranked MD Anderson the nation's top hospital for cancer care. The institution has been named one of the nation's top two hospitals for cancer care every year since the survey began in 1990.
Since 1944, more than 1.68 million patients have turned to MD Anderson for cancer care.
MD Anderson’s pathologists change a new patient’s initial diagnosis by another institution up to 25% of the time and cancer staging up to 38% of the time.
MD Anderson’s world-renowned physicians are extensively trained specialists who focus on one type of cancer and one aspect of treatment, giving them unrivaled expertise. 100% of MD Anderson’s surgeons are trained in oncology compared to 30% in community hospitals.
FY20 Patient Care Facts
- MD Anderson cared for more than 151,133 patients
- More than 8,200 patients were enrolled in 1,412 clinical trials exploring innovative treatments.
- MD Anderson provided uninsured or underinsured Texans more than $254 million in uncompensated care.
- More than 22,200 employees, including 1,788 faculty
- 1,360 myCancerConnection volunteers; on-site volunteers on hiatus
MD Anderson boasts one of the nation's most esteemed faculties.
Among the institution's educators are:
- 1 Nobel Laureate
- 7 National Academy of Medicine members
- 6 National Academy of Sciences members
- 5 Academy of Arts and Sciences members
- 49 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows
- 10 Association of American Physicians members
- 26 American Society of Clinical Investigation members
In FY 2020, more than 5,100 trainees participated in MD Anderson educational programs. This included:
- 1,796 clinical residents and fellows
- 753 nursing trainees
- 394 School of Health Professions students
- 329 research trainees
- 477 student program participants
- 412 observers and visitors in special programs
Research at MD Anderson
At MD Anderson, important scientific knowledge gained in the laboratory is rapidly translated to clinical care. MD Anderson is home to one of the world’s largest cancer clinical trials programs, providing patients with access to life-saving investigational drugs before they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
In FY 2020, MD Anderson invested more than $973 million in research.
MD Anderson receives millions of dollars in grant funding from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for research, prevention, recruitment and training. MD Anderson received almost $55 million in funding from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas in FY20, making it the year’s No. 1 recipient of CPRIT grants.
MD Anderson holds six National Cancer Institute Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants in bladder, brain, leukemia, lung, ovarian and thyroid cancers.
MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program™ continues to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into lifesaving advances that reduce cancer deaths. Launched in 2012 with six moon shots, the program has been expanded to 13 multidisciplinary teams of cancer experts collaborating and innovating to stop close to 20 types of cancer that collectively account for 63% of cancer deaths annually.
Commitment to Cancer Prevention
Cancer prevention plays a vital role in advancing MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer.
In FY 2020:
- There were more than 31,000 patient visits to our Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center, which provides cancer screenings and risk-reduction services.
- 1,400 people received tobacco cessation services through our Tobacco Treatment Program.
- MD Anderson held 324 cancer prevention education programs in the community.
Due to our response to COVID-19, all blood donations at MD Anderson
Blood Donor Center locations are being held by appointment only.