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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Member Since 2006

Peter W.T. Pisters, MD


MD Anderson Peter Pisters

Officially named president in September after being unanimously selected as the sole finalist by the UT System Board of Regents, Peter WT Pisters, MD previously served MD Anderson in faculty and leadership roles for more than 20 years. Most recently, he was president and chief executive officer of the University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, Canada.

Pisters oversaw more than 14,000 employees and a $400 million research enterprise at UHN, Canada’s largest hospital-based research program, beginning in January 2015. Prior to his appointment at UHN, he was vice president for MD Anderson’s regional care system, comprising multiple Houston-area locations.

Pisters initially joined MD Anderson’s faculty in 1994 as assistant professor of Surgery, rising to full professor with tenure in 2004. His specialties are sarcoma and gastrointestinal cancer, and he remains a board-certified surgeon. He also holds a master’s degree in health care management from Harvard University.

CEO Cancer Gold Standard™

Gold Standard  Employer

Since 2007

Gold Standard  Task Force Participation

Task Force Member(s): Bret J. Belfer, Director, Employee Wellness and Recognition

Life Sciences Consortium

LSC  Task Force Participation

Task Force Member(s): Donald A. Berry, PhD, Professor, Department of Bio-statistics

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention.


The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


We shall be the premier cancer center in the world, based on the excellence of our people, our research-driven patient care and our science. We are Making Cancer History. 

Core Values

Caring: By our words and actions, we create a caring environment for everyone.

  • We are sensitive to the concerns of our patients and our co-workers.
  • We are respectful and courteous to each other at all times.
  • We promote and reward teamwork and inclusiveness.

Integrity: We work together to merit the trust of our colleagues and those we serve.

  • We hold ourselves, and each other, accountable for practicing our values.
  • We communicate frequently, honestly and openly.
  • By our actions, we create an environment of trust.

Discovery: We embrace creativity and seek new knowledge. 

  • We help each other to identify and solve problems.
  • We seek personal growth and enable others to do so.
  • We encourage learning, creativity and new ideas.