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Approximate duration: 41 minutes 26 seconds

Speaker: R. Lee Clark

 

About the speech: 

R. Lee Clark begins by giving an overview of the history of MD Anderson, and the significant events and developments which occurred from its conception to the then present day. Next, Dr. Clark discusses MD Anderson’s standard of excellence philosophy regarding medical care which strives for the continued betterment of existing practices through medical research. Lastly, Dr. Clark discusses how MD Anderson uses a multidisciplinary approach in an effective and efficient manner, and discusses future plans for the treatment of cancer.

 

Major Topics Covered

Interdisciplinary Communication

MD Anderson Cancer Center protocol

Combined Modality Therapy

Radio immunotherapy

 

Video Processed by: 

Jennifer Stockton, University of North Texas, November 2017

 

 

Table of Contents

 

Interview Session One: 



Interview Identifier

Segment 00A

The Purpose and Direction of MD Anderson
Segment 01 MD Anderson Past

MD Anderson’s Standard of Excellence
Segment 02 / Institutional Mission and Values

MD Anderson’s Multidisciplinary Approach
Segment 03 / Institutional Processes

The Educational Exchange of Comprehensive Cancer Centers
Segment 04 / Institutional Processes

 

Chapter Summaries

 

 

Interview Session One: 

 

Segment 01 (MD Anderson Past)
The Purpose and Direction of MD Anderson (listen/read)

 

Story Codes:

  • Building/Transforming the Institution
  • Obstacles, Challenges
  • Institutional Mission and Values
  • MD Anderson in the Future
  • MD Anderson Impact
  • Growth and/or Change
  • Industry Partnerships

Robert C. Hickey, MD the Professor of Surgery and Director, M.D. Anderson Hospital introduces Walter Sterling, a Regent of the University of Texas and member of the Board for Herman Hospital, who then speaks briefly about the merits of MD Anderson. Next, Dr. Hickey introduces Dr. R. Lee Clark who begins by giving an overview of the purpose of the presentation which is to examine and analyze the University of Texas system and the opportunities for the future of the institution. Next, he provides an overview of the history of MD Anderson from its conception to the then present day including the focus on research and the challenges he faced as Director such as planning the facilities and raising the necessary funds.

Segment 02 (Institutional Mission and Values)
MD Anderson’s Standard of Excellence (listen/read)

Story Codes:

  • Building/Transforming the Institution
  • MD Anderson History
  • Industry Partnerships
  • Beyond the Institution
  • MD Anderson Impact

Dr. Clark discusses MD Anderson’s philosophy of a standard of excellence in medical care that aims at the continued betterment of existing practices through medical research. Next, Dr. Clark discussed how MD Anderson drew on all therapeutic modalities, and the development of radiation therapy and Cobalt-60 and how this relates to their standard of excellence. (“Information Flow” chart is shown) The “Information Flow Chart” is discussed briefly.

Segment 03 (Institutional Processes)
MD Anderson’s Multidisciplinary Approach (listen/read)



Story Codes:

  • MD Anderson History
  • Critical Perspectives on MD Anderson
  • MD Anderson in the Future
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches
  • MD Anderson Impact
  • Building/Transforming the Institution
  • Institutional Mission and Values

Dr. Clark discusses his multidisciplinary approach as Director including his beliefs and prerogatives. These include his approach to program planning and execution, staff appointments, budget, space control, and patient control. Next, Dr. Clark discusses the differences between MD Anderson’s multidisciplinary approaches compared to traditional institutions, especially regarding cancer. Dr. Clark then discusses the methods and techniques MD Anderson uses to achieve this multidisciplinary approach in an effective and efficient manner, and discusses future plans for the treatment of cancer.

Segment 04 (Institutional Processes)
The Educational Exchange of Comprehensive Cancer Centers (listen/read)


 

Story Codes:

  • Education
  • MD Anderson History
  • Critical Perspectives on MD Anderson
  • Multi-disciplinary Approaches
  • MD Anderson Impact
  • Building/Transforming the Institution
  • Institutional Mission and Values

Dr. Clark discusses the National Cancer Act of 1971 and its effects on MD Anderson (“Education” chart is shown). Dr. Clark discusses the “Education Chart” which provides a diagrammatic representation of comprehensive cancer centers educational value such as the purpose, function, and capabilities. (Educational exchange schema is shown) Dr. Clark discusses the educational exchange which takes place. (“Criteria for Comprehensive Cancer Centers” slide is shown) Next, Dr. Clark discusses the criteria for comprehensive cancer centers including a stated purpose, interdisciplinary capability, a statistical base for evaluation of results including standardized disease classification for records, autonomy, administrative structure, sound financial practices, and a research base (fundamental and applied) among others.