The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s largest and most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It is located in Texas, central Houston in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world.

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey has consistently ranked MD Anderson the nation’s top hospital for cancer care.

MD Anderson’s mission is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public. At MD Anderson, everything we do revolves around our patients. In Fiscal Year 2014, more than 127,000 people sought the superior care that has made the institution so widely respected. MD Anderson’s cancer clinical trial program is the largest in the nation. More than 8,000 participants were enrolled in clinical trials exploring innovative treatments.

The institution’s faculty is one of the most esteemed in the nation, including nine Institute of Medicine members, three National Academy of Sciences members, four Academy of Arts and Sciences fellows and 32 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows. MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program is dramatically accelerating the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths.

The End Tobacco program addresses public health enemy No. 1: preventable death and disease caused by tobacco use. It brings MD Anderson and other leaders in prevention and tobacco control together to end tobacco use and more rapidly decrease tobacco-related cancers through policy, education and community-based clinical services.

Global Academic Programs (GAP) facilitates and administers MD Anderson’s Sister Institution Network; the largest global network of cancer centers working collaboratively on research and education aimed at lessening the world’s cancer burden. The annual GAP Conference provides a forum for faculty from MD Anderson and our Sister Institution Network to develop collaborations and exchange research results and ideas. Sessions are formed around topics of interest to the network. The conference is held at MD Anderson in odd-numbered years and is hosted by a Sister Institution in even-numbered years.

MD Anderson Quick look

Established: 1941
First patient: 1944 (approximately 1 million patients treated overall)
Ranking: No. 1 in cancer care, America’s Best Hospitals, U.S. News and World Report (ranked in the top two every year since 1990)
Employees: 19,973
Faculty: 1,685
Volunteers: 1,080
Trainees: 6,341
Average number of inpatient beds: 654
Active clinical research protocols: 1,101 (more than 8,000 patient registrants)