Institutional Profile


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 on the Texas Medical Center campus.

MD Anderson was created in 1941 as a 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 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers today.

In 2011, MD Anderson marked its 70-year anniversary and welcomed Ronald DePinho, M.D., as the fourth full-time president in the institution's history.

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey ranked MD Anderson as the top hospital in the nation for cancer care in 2012. It has achieved this highest ranking nine times in the past 11 years and has ranked as one of the top two hospitals for cancer care since the magazine began its annual survey in 1990.

Thanks to generous donors, MD Anderson concluded the Making Cancer History®: The Campaign to Transform Cancer Care in 2011, raising $1.215 billion. The funds support a variety of key initiatives related to cancer research, patient care, education and prevention.

Patient Care

Since 1944, more than 900,000 patients have turned to MD Anderson for cancer care in the form of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy or combinations of these and other treatments. This multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer was pioneered at MD Anderson. Because they focus only on cancer, experts here are renowned for their ability to treat all types of cancer, including rare or uncommon diseases.

In Fiscal Year 2011, MD Anderson provided cancer care for more than 108,000 patients. Of those, about 34,000 were new patients. About one-third of patients come to Houston from outside Texas, seeking the knowledge-based care that has made MD Anderson so widely respected. There were nearly 10,000 registrants on clinical trials exploring novel therapies and diagnostic tests in FY11, making it the largest such program in the nation.

National organizations recognize MD Anderson for these and other qualities. The Joint Commission, a nonprofit hospital accreditation group, reaccredited
MD Anderson in 2011. The institution's radiation oncology practice was accredited in 2011 by the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. In 2010, MD Anderson was redesignated with Magnet Nursing Services Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an honor it first received in 2001.


At MD Anderson, important scientific knowledge gained in the laboratory is rapidly translated into clinical care. In FY11, MD Anderson invested more than $623 million in research, an increase of about 40% in the past five years. The institution ranks first in the number of research grants awarded and total amount of grant funds given by the NCI and holds 11 NCI Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants in the following cancers: bladder, brain, head and neck, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, myeloma, ovarian, prostate and uterine.


In FY11, more than 6,800 trainees, including physicians, scientists, nurses and allied health professionals, took part in MD Anderson educational programs.Over 300 students enrolled in  the institution’s School of Health Professions, which offers bachelor's degrees in eight allied health disciplines.

More than 1,100 clinical residents and fellows come to MD Anderson each year to receive specialized training in the investigation and treatment of cancer. More than 500 graduate students are working on advanced degrees at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, which MD Anderson operates with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The institution's laboratories provide training for more than 1,600 research fellows.


Thousands more participate in continuing education and distance learning opportunities sponsored by MD Anderson, sharing knowledge around the globe. The institution also provides public education programs to teach healthy people and at-risk populations about cancer symptoms and risk factors, offering information that can help them make critical health care decisions.


MD Anderson continues to set the standard in cancer prevention research and the translation of new knowledge into innovative, multidisciplinary care for patients, survivors and people at average or elevated risk of developing cancer.

The Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences is dedicated to eradicating cancer through pioneering research in the roles that biologic, genetic, environmental, behavioral and social factors play in cancer development and investigations of behavioral, surgical, medical and social interventions to prevent or reduce cancer risk.

Through the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment, the division is investing in promising new research directions and integrating basic research and clinical studies to accelerate their translation from the clinic to the community.

The Cancer Prevention Center provides cancer risk assessments, screening exams based on genetics, age and gender, and personalized risk-reduction strategies, including chemoprevention.

Human Resources

MD Anderson employs more than 18,000 people, including more than 1,500 faculty. A volunteer corps of about 1,100 contributed more than 200,000 hours of service in FY11, equal to 96 full-time employees.

All are dedicated to MD Anderson's core values of caring, integrity and discovery. Together they work toward fulfilling MD Anderson's mission of eliminating cancer as a major health threat.

MD Anderson has been recognized by the American Association of Retired Persons as a top employer for workers 50 and older and by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer for helping reduce cancer risks in the workplace.



With employees working in more than 50 buildings in the Greater Houston area and in central Texas, MD Anderson is the largest freestanding cancer center in the world.
MD Anderson's facilities in the TMC cover nearly 15 million square feet and feature the latest equipment and facilities to support growing needs in outpatient and inpatient care, research, prevention and education.

Recently completed construction projects include two new research buildings on
MD Anderson's South Campus, the addition of nine floors that can accommodate more than 300 new inpatient beds in the Albert B. and Margaret M. Alkek Hospital on the North Campus and a 25-floor building on the Mid Campus to support current office space and future growth needs.

MD Anderson broke ground in late 2011 on the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Building for Personalized Cancer Care. The 12-floor, 615,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed in August 2014.

In addition to its main campus in the TMC and two research campuses in Bastrop County, Texas, MD Anderson has developed a number of local, national and international locations:

Regional care centers