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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings.

MD Anderson was created by the Texas Legislature in 1941 as part of The University of Texas System. From then through today, MD Anderson continues to set the standard in cancer prevention research and the translation of new knowledge into innovative, multidisciplinary care for patients, survivors and people at average or elevated risk of developing cancer. Since 1944, more than 1.2 million patients have sought out MD Anderson’s expertise.

Cancer is the singular focus for MD Anderson’s workforce of more than 20,350 employees with over 1,700 full-time faculty scholars who lead the largest number of NCI-funded grant programs and clinical trials of any institution in the nation.  A volunteer workforce composed of 1,099 onsite, trained volunteers and 2,034 off site myCancerConnection trained survivor volunteers contributed 117,993 hours of service in FY18.

Nearly 7,100 trainees take part in educational programs at MD Anderson each year. The institution’s School of Health Professions awards degrees in 10 bachelor’s programs and two master’s programs in allied health disciplines. In collaboration with the UT Health Science Center at Houston, MD Anderson awards M.S., Ph.D. and M.D. /Ph.D. degrees at the MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

At MD Anderson, crucial scientific knowledge gained in the laboratory is rapidly translated into clinical care. In FY18, MD Anderson invested almost $863 million in research, a 17% increase in the past five years. The multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer pioneered at MD Anderson brings together teams of experts across disciplines to collaborate on the best treatment plan for patients.

MD Anderson Cancer Center is spread over approximately 16MM square feet and 1,453 acres of land in Houston, Texas, Smithville, Texas and Bastrop County.


Why Houston?

Because GQ magazine recognizes we’re “the New Capital of Southern Cool”!
Houston Is the New Capital Of Southern Cool
We’ve been hearing the buzz for a few years now: Houston may, sneakily, be America’s best food city. But when we sent GQ food critic Brett Martin to dive into the scene, we realized that was selling the city way short.


Because we’re among the New York Times ’52 Places to Go in 2019’!
We joined such cities as Aberdeen, Munich and Perth to be one of the few cities in the United States named to the list.


Because our diversity adds depth and richness to our city!
How Houston has become the most diverse place in America
The LA Times recognized that Houston “is nothing less than the story of the American city of the future.”  “Census projections have opened a window into the America of 2050, ‘and it’s Houston today,’ said Stephen Klineberg, a sociology professor at Rice University.” 
Dr. Klineberg will be a featured speaker at AUREO 2019!


Because we have the best food!
11 Houston-Area Restaurants, Chefs Selected As Semifinalists For 2019 James Beard Awards


Because even back in 2013, Smithsonian Magazine named Houston “the Next Great American City”!
What Makes Houston the Next Great American City?
As Houston undergoes an ethnic and cultural transformation, its reputation grows as a place where people can dream big and succeed



Things To Do in Houston


Houston Rockets – Wednesday, 11/6 is home game v Golden State Warriors



Rice Owls – playing Marshall at 2:30 pm on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Rice Stadium



Alley Theatre – Vietgone by Qui Nguyen runs through November 3



Museum Fine Arts Houston – exhibition of Monet to Picasso: A Very Private Collection

Museum Fine Arts Houston – exhibition of Berthe Morisot: Impressionist Original

Museum Fine Arts Houston – exhibition of Jasper Johns: 100 Variations on a Theme

Houston Museum of Natural Science – exhibition of The Art of the Brick



Puerto Rican and Cuban Festival – Nov 2 in Midtown

International Quilt Festival – Nov 2 – Nov 3 at George R. Brown Convention Center