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UT Southwestern's cancer center earns National Cancer Institute designation
Date:8/4/2010

and his daughters Lisa Simmons and Serena Simmons Connelly, have been enthusiastic supporters of the cancer center and its goal of attaining NCI designation. To date, the Simmonses have given and pledged more than $100 million to enhance cancer programs at UT Southwestern.

In addition to the Simmonses, more than 100 North Texas families and foundations, including many donations made through Southwestern Medical Foundation, have made major gifts to support UT Southwestern's cancer programs over the years.

Clinical care for cancer is provided by UT Southwestern faculty of the Simmons Cancer Center at UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics, Parkland Memorial Hospital and Children's Medical Center Dallas, all of which are included in the NCI designation. Faculty also provide cancer services at the Dallas VA Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Cancer Center and Fort Worth's Moncrief Cancer Institute.

Dr. James K.V. Willson, director of the Simmons Cancer Center and associate dean for oncology programs at UT Southwestern, joined UT Southwestern in 2004 and began the process for securing NCI designation.

"Over the past five years UT Southwestern has made great strides in bringing together all the elements that collectively comprise an outstanding cancer center," Dr. Willson said. "NCI designation is the gold standard for elite cancer programs."

Under Dr. Willson's leadership the center has built upon the success and reputation of several nationally recognized cancer programs already in place at UT Southwestern. His efforts include the recruitment of more than 70 top cancer specialists to develop programs that complement the existing research and clinical expertise, as exemplified by Dr. Joan Schiller, chief of hematology/oncology and an internationally renowned lung cancer expert who joined the cancer center as deputy director in 2006. She and Dr. Michael White, professor of cell biology and associate director for basi
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Contact: Connie Piloto
connie.piloto@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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