Employee Stories

Meet Social Worker — Katie Anderson

  As a senior social work counselor, Katie Anderson works closely with patients at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center as part of the interdisciplinary team. She is a native Texan and has been part of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center family for approximately three years. “I provide emotional support through counseling…

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Board of Regents Recognizes Child Life Specialist

On May 14, 2018, Laura Wiedemann received the Regents’ Outstanding Employee Award. This award is given to non-faculty employees who have shown outstanding performance, innovation, enthusiasm and dedication in their job. It is a distinguished achievement, with only 30 awards given out each year across the 14 University of Texas System institutions. Laura has been a…

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Proton Therapy Cancer Research Team

As we celebrate Cancer Research Month, we turn the spotlight to our research team at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center. Our research team is the gatekeeper of our clinical trials on different cancers such as head and neck, pediatrics, prostate, breast and others. Many of our researchers come from diverse science-based backgrounds. The research…

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Dexter Allen Receives HALO Award

In November 2017, Nurse Dexter W. Allen, was awarded the HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Award for his outstanding service at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center. The HALO Award is given quarterly to employees who demonstrate exceptional performance, dedication and diligence in carrying out excellent patient care through teamwork. If you haven’t had the…

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DAISY Award Recipient — PACU Nurse Leo Flores

Congratulations to our post-anesthesia nurse, Leo Flores, on receiving The DAISY Award! What is The DAISY Award? This award was established in 2000 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 of complications of the auto-immune disease, idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP). While Patrick was in the hospital, his family was…

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Chatting with Nurse Navigator Kimberly Bennett

At the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, a Nurse Navigator facilitates the entry of patients into our system. They coordinate, support and serve as liaisons between physicians and clinical personnel. They also offer psychosocial support for patients such as education on proton therapy, resources, group support and more. One of our newest Nurse Navigators is…

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MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center’s Hurricane Warriors

Radiation therapists among hurricane warriors The city of Houston endured one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in its history – Hurricane Harvey. Despite the flooded streets, stranded people on rooftops, cars underwater, there were many who remained heroes through it all. Among those heroes were the radiation therapists at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center.…

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Dr. Michael Gillin Receives Professional Achievement Award

At this year’s annual meeting for the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Proton Therapy Center’s Dr. Michael Gillin received the Marvin M.D. Williams Professional Achievement Award. This award recognizes an AAPM member for a distinguished career in medical physics with an emphasis on clinical medical physics and is a prestigious award in radiation oncology.…

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