MD Anderson evaluates most new patients on an outpatient basis. A full outpatient evaluation usually takes three to five business days, depending on the amount of testing and consultation needed to assess the patient’s condition and recommend a treatment plan.
Once you’ve contacted us to make a referral, a patient access specialist will guide you through the process and answer your questions. You may be asked to send medical reports and/or pathology slides to MD Anderson, to ensure your patient is scheduled with the appropriate medical service and to pre-schedule any testing that might be needed when your patient arrives.
Before we confirm your patient’s appointment, MD Anderson patient access specialists will collect insurance information, verify benefits and seek financial authorization. If the patient meets Texas residency requirements but is uninsured or unable to pay for services, a Supplemental Financial Assistance application may be provided.
After the evaluation is complete, you’ll receive a written report of the findings and recommendations. Medical reports can also be viewed using myMDAnderson for Physicians for those with access.
New Patient Referral Process
Referring patients to MD Anderson for cancer treatment is easy. Referrals can be made by:
- Phone: Call the Physician Access Center at 1-877-632-6789 and select option 1. Our clinically trained staff is available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CST.
- Online: Register for myMDAnderson for Physicians, our secure online portal.
Other Types of Referrals
For hospital-to-hospital transfers, contact our Transfer Center at 713-563-2222.
MD Anderson has two teams dedicated to supporting international physicians and hospitals. These groups provide support with referrals, follow-up communication and clinical trail information. Visit our International Referrals page to learn more.
Required Referral Information
- Date of birth
- Telephone number
- Date of diagnosis
- How the diagnosis was made (physical exam, biopsy, other)
- What treatment the patient has undergone to date
- When this treatment was administered and completed
- Current condition
- Insurance information
Referring Physician Information
- Office address
- Telephone number
- Fax number