Growing in Distinction

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital staff
William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital staff

UT Southwestern’s Department of Radiation Oncology leads a consortium to plan for the first national heavy ion radiation therapy center, a major technological advance in cancer care.

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer awards UT Southwestern University Hospitals its highest level of accreditation—Three-Year with Commendation at the Gold Level. Additionally, the hospitals are among only about 15 percent of cancer programs nationwide to earn the Commission’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

The state-of-the-art William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital opens its doors, with 64 beds—the entire 11th floor—devoted to cancer care.

UT Southwestern is among only 30 U.S. cancer research centers named a National Clinical Trials Network Lead Academic Participating Site, bolstering Simmons Cancer
Center’s clinical cancer research for adults and providing patients access to cancer trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

Discussing clinical trials at UT Southwestern
Discussing clinical trials at UT Southwestern

The PROSPR Center mission expands its focus to cervical cancer prevention and detection, studying HPV vaccination and screening in under- and uninsured women.

A formal research affiliation with the Dallas Regional Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health enhances Simmons Cancer Center’s public health research expertise and faculty.

An anonymous donor provides $10 million to establish the Eugene P. Frenkel Program for Endowed Scholars in Clinical Oncology to promote the recruitment and support of the next generation of clinical leaders in cancer care.

See Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center joining the top tier of cancer centers since 2015 >