Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN
Chief Nursing Officer, Senior Vice President
MD Anderson’s nursing community transforms nursing care through clinical practice, education and research. Each day, more than 4,400 registered nurses deliver compassionate, evidence-based cancer care to patients and their families.
Nurses in all areas of MD Anderson are integral members of interdisciplinary teams that are leading the way in setting standards for innovative cancer care, including advances in immunotherapy and personalized medicine. With one of the largest clinical trial programs in the world, MD Anderson offers a collaborative environment that empowers nurses to lead in the administration of research therapies and the required ongoing monitoring. As treatments become more complex, our nurses continue to develop and implement new discoveries.
Our nurses demonstrate excellence in a variety of areas and roles, including in our hospital and ambulatory care settings in the Texas Medical Center and Houston-area locations. We have a high number of nurses who maintain certifications to provide specialty care to patients of all ages. We have bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate-prepared practitioners and leaders across all academic, educational, administrative and research programs.
Since 2001, MD Anderson has earned five consecutive Magnet Recognition Program® designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes health care organizations for superior patient outcomes, teamwork and innovations in professional nursing practice.
This designation is one of the reasons MD Anderson is consistently ranked among the nation’s top hospitals for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey.
Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN
With more than 25 years of senior nursing leadership experience, Carol Porter, D.N.P., RN, FAAN, brings a wealth of knowledge regarding clinical operations, emergency management, quality and interdisciplinary collaboration to her role as the leader of MD Anderson’s diverse nursing community and the institution as a whole.
Since joining MD Anderson in 2016, Dr. Porter has served as an executive sponsor of numerous strategic improvement initiatives. An avid champion for nursing research and education, she has a passion for driving innovative approaches to patient care and is leading efforts to further develop the institution’s nursing research program. She served as an incident commander during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, leading the institution through an unprecedented storm and recovery period.
in 2020, Dr. Porter and the nursing team successfully completed MD Anderson’s journey toward achieving its fifth consecutive Magnet Recognition Program® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
She believes the role of any leader is to educate and mentor. As a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she's committed to shaping the future of nursing across the nation and globally by promoting a culture that empowers nurses to take charge of their nursing practice and to strive to achieve higher professional goals.
Prior to joining MD Anderson, Dr. Porter served for 12 years as chief nursing officer at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. During her tenure, the ANCC honored Mount Sinai twice with Magnet designation. She also led the establishment of the hospital’s Center for Nursing Research and Education, which encourages nurses to become engaged in nursing research and turn their findings into practice.
Dr. Porter earned a doctorate of nursing practice from Case Western Reserve University, a master's degree in public administration-health administration from Rutgers University, and a bachelor's degree in nursing from William Paterson University. She is a Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow, Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses, and is a 2010 graduate of the International Council of Nurses Global Nursing Leadership Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.
Nursing by the Numbers
of nurses earned bachelor degrees or higher
specialty certifcation rate
Nursing Professional Practice Model
MD Anderson's Nursing Professional Practice Model (PPM) represents how key elements of professional nursing practice at MD Anderson connect to each other. The PPM is based on The Quality-Caring model, developed by Joanne Duffy, Ph.D., RN, FAAN. All PPM components operate within the context of MD Anderson's Core Values of Caring, Integrity, Safety, Discovery and Stewardship.
Developed by frontline nurses, the PPM includes open hand imagery, which is a universal symbol of caring, and colors that reflet the diversity of caregivers and patients at MD Anderson.
Why Nurses Choose MD Anderson
Division of Nursing Annual Report 2021: Nursing in extraordinary times
A message from the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer:
“Reflecting on the past year, I am deeply proud and inspired by our nursing community who has embodied MD Anderson’s core values of Caring, Integrity, Discovery, Safety and Stewardship every day, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact our community and affect every aspect of our lives.
Our nurses remained on the frontlines of the pandemic, providing lifesaving care and responding to unexpected shifts in how we operate—all while staying focused on our mission and sustaining one of the safest health care environments in the world for cancer patients.
We practiced resiliency, dedication and teamwork as we overcame each challenge together. Many nurses took on different and challenging roles while safely administering more than 70,000 COVID-19 vaccines to our patients, workforce and greater community. Others provided skillful, compassionate care to patients, ensuring each individual felt connected and supported as visitor restrictions were in place. At the same time, our nurses and teams worked collaboratively to create innovative tools and processes for ensuring safe operations—fundamentally transforming nursing practice going forward.”
The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. As a proud DAISY Award
Partner, MD Anderson has recognized more than 95 deserving inpatient and outpatient nurses since 2012. In addition, The DAISY Foundation has provided several grants to support our registered nurses who continually seek lifelong learning and explore best and evidence-based practices through research and innovation. DAISY honorees are nominated by their peers, physicians, patients and families, and other staff and administrators. To nominate a nurse, please complete a DAISY Award Nomination Form.