Finding your way around MD Anderson
The Access wayfinding system is here to help you find your way at MD Anderson. Access uses pathways, landmarks, signage and other tools, such as maps, to help guide you to and around our large campus. Inside our buildings, follow the Access pathway marked with blue dot Access signs and blue carpet stripes to the landmark.
How to Use Access
First, use the Access Internet site to get customized, printed driving and walking directions to your destination.
When you arrive at the MD Anderson campus, look for the street name and numbered entrance marker of your destination.
Once inside an MD Anderson building, you can use an Access touch screen kiosk to get more customized printed directions to your destination, or pick up a pocket-sized wayfinding map for more information about your destination and other amenities.
Then, follow the Access pathway, marked with blue Access signs and carpet stripes. Use your customized, printed directions to follow the signs and maps along the pathway that show you which direction to travel.
Once you arrive at the landmark, use the maps and signs to find your exact destination.
Note: If your landmark is an elevator, follow the Access pathway to that elevator. Once you arrive, an elevator directory will guide you to the correct floor.
What is a "numbered entrance marker"?
Numbered entrance markers are large signs that greet visitors and employees driving into the Texas Medical Center and MD Anderson Campus. Using the customized information available through the Access Internet site, visitors can easily identify the entrance marker for the entrance they need to use.
What is a "landmark"?
Landmarks are big, public spaces that contain a physical feature, such as an elevator, a piece of art or special architecture. For example, "The Tree Sculpture" landmark is home to a tree sculpture. Elevator lobbies—"Elevator R," for example—are also landmarks. Landmarks are all connected on the Access pathway.
What is a "pathway"?
The Access pathway is like a highway and uses signs and maps to lead users from landmark to landmark as well as to shuttle points and skybridges. Most often the pathway follows a hallway, but it can also use skybridges, elevators or corridors to connect users to destinations.
MD Anderson ground shuttles are available for patients traveling between the Main Building, Mays Clinic, Hospitality Apartments, Proton Therapy Center and Radiation Outpatient Center.
Patient shuttles have a lavender-colored sign on the side. It takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete a lap. All shuttles are equipped with wheel chair lifts. Family members may also ride the shuttle, but we ask that each patient have no more than three guests to ensure there is room for patients traveling to their appointments.
- Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
- Locate a shuttle by going to the real-time map at www.mdabus.com
You can also track our shuttles on a smart phone. Download our free mobile shuttle apps:
Patient shuttles service the following facilities by request (call 713-792-2338):
- Mohs Clinic
- Radiation Treatment Center
- South Campus Research Building 3 (SCRB 3)
If you have questions about the patient shuttle, email FM-Shuttle@mdanderson.org.
Shuttle vans are available for guests at the Jesse Jones Rotary House International hotel. The vans can take guests to any location within a 1.5-mile radius of the Texas Medical Center.
Shuttle carts are available on the skybridge that connects the Mays Clinic/Duncan Building and the Clark Clinic from 6 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday-Friday.