Since 1990, when the publication began rankings, MD Anderson has been among the top two in the country. During the past ten years alone, it was named to the top spot nine times.
MD Anderson also ranks in the top 10 nationwide in two subspecialties: MD Anderson’s Head and Neck Surgery service ranked ninth in ear, nose and throat; and the Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine service ranked ninth in gynecology.
“It’s an honor to once again be recognized as the nation’s top hospital for cancer care, which we have earned through our unrelenting passion to serve patients and fulfill our mission to end cancer,” Dr. Ronald A. DePinho, Anderson’s president, said in a press release. “We thank our patients and their loved ones who entrust us with their care and salute the 21,000 cancer fighters and 1,000 volunteers who make up our distinctive culture of exceptional care and compassionate caring.”
MD Anderson boasts several clinical locations and two diagnostic imaging centers in the Houston area. Additionally, MD Anderson has established an integrated breast screening and imaging program with Memorial Hermann at 15 locations. The Center is also present at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, a part of Harris Health System.
“This ranking reflects the extraordinary care delivered by our teams of highly subspecialized physicians, outstanding oncology nurses and dedicated supportive care professionals, all working together for the benefit of each patient who comes through our doors,” said MD Anderson’s executive vice-president and physician-in-chief Dr. Thomas Buchholz. “These professionals, many recognized internationally as leaders in their fields, have a great dedication, passion and expertise for their work and the patients they serve.”
MD Anderson will mark its 75th anniversary in November. Celebrations will also commemorate the golden anniversary of the year that Texas approved a bill allowing the appropriation of funding to build the dedicated state cancer hospital. After the legal decision, MD Anderson’s foundation committee promised to match funds if the hospital would be built in Houston. More than 1 million patients have received care at MD Anderson since its doors opened.
“Our ranking as the No. 1 cancer center in our 75th anniversary year is an opportune time to reflect on our global impact. It’s also a time to assure patients and families we are committed to ending this dreaded disease,” DePinho said. “Together, with our patients, survivors, their families and friends, we are ‘Making Cancer History’.”