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Texas House and Senate Resolution

To mark its 70th anniversary, two members of the Texas Legislature presented a resolution recognizing achievements made at The University of Texas 
MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Speaker of the House Joe Straus (far right) visits with 
(from left) Thomas Burke, M.D.; Leon Leach; Raymond 
DuBois, M.D., Ph.D.; Anne Mendelsohn; and John 
Mendelsohn, M.D.

Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) and Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston) introduced MD Anderson leaders in each respective chamber on April 28, 2011.

John Mendelsohn, M.D., along with his wife Anne, were joined at the event by Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., provost and executive vice president; Thomas Burke, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief; Leon Leach, executive vice president and chief business officer; and Adrienne Lang, vice president for center programs, to receive the resolution.

The resolution acknowledges the significance and impact that MD Anderson has across the medical world, as well as its reputation, which is supported by more than 17,000 employees and nearly 1,200 volunteers.


  • Anne and John Mendelsohn, M.D., visit with Speaker of the House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio).

  • John Mendelsohn, M.D. (left), visits with Speaker of the House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio, center) and Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie).

  • On hand for the concurrent resolution are (back row, from left) Leon Leach; Thomas Burke, M.D.; John Mendelsohn, M.D.; Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D.; and Rep. Dan Branch (R-Dallas); (front row) Anne Mendelsohn; Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston); and Speaker of the House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio).

  • Sen. Leticia Van de Putte 
    (D-San Antonio) speaks with 
    John Mendelsohn, M.D., and Anne Mendelsohn.

  • Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) speaks with Anne Mendelsohn and John Mendelsohn, M.D.

Concurrent Resolution

WHEREAS, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is marking its 70th anniversary in 2011, and this occasion provides an ideal opportunity to recognize the remarkable achievements of this noteworthy institution; and

WHEREAS, Over the past seven decades, MD Anderson has served more than 800,000 people, the majority of whom have been Texas residents, and patients in every corner of the world have benefited from medical discoveries at the center; public education and community outreach programs initiated by MD Anderson now reach more than 1.4 million Texans annually and address the needs of those at increased risk for cancer, particularly underserved and minority populations; and

WHEREAS, For many years, MD Anderson has received more grants from the National Cancer Institute and conducted more clinical trials to evaluate new treatments than any other institution; the center sets the standard in developing new therapies targeted to the cancer-related genes and proteins associated with each patient’s disease; moreover, MD Anderson has expanded the continuum of care beyond diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients to encompass major programs in cancer prevention and to address the special needs of cancer survivors; and

WHEREAS, Rising to meet the health care challenges of the 21st century, 
MD Anderson excels as a degree-granting institution; it awards baccalaureate degrees in eight allied health disciplines and master’s and doctoral degrees in biomedical research; more than 85,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, and health care professionals have been trained at the center; and

WHEREAS, Past President John Mendelsohn, M.D., has guided MD Anderson for the past 15 years, building on the strong foundation built by his predecessors, Charles A. LeMaistre, M.D., and R. Lee Clark, M.D.; Dr. Mendelsohn provided inspired leadership to a staff of more than 17,000 dedicated professionals, along with approximately 1,200 hospital volunteers; their efforts are supported by the skillful direction of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, the work of citizen volunteers of The University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors, and the generosity of thousands of donors; and

WHEREAS, Internationally recognized for its excellence, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has been named the nation’s number one cancer hospital by US News & World Report; the exceptional reputation of this institution is a reflection of its immeasurable contributions to the advancement of medical science and of the outstanding care that has made a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients and their families over the past seven decades; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 82nd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby commemorate the 70th anniversary of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and extend to all those associated with the institution sincere best wishes for continued success in their vital endeavors; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as an expression of high regard by the Texas Senate and House of Representatives.

Rep. Sarah Davis Pays Tribute to MD Anderson

Texas Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston), who joined Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) to sponsor a resolution recognizing 
MD Anderson, comments on the institution's impact on cancer over the past 70 years.