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M. D. Anderson in Katy adds medical oncology practice

BREAKING GROUND

March 2010

With the addition of two medical oncologists, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has expanded its Katy location to better serve more patients living in west Houston and surrounding communities.

Originally established in 2007 as a M. D. Anderson radiation treatment center, the Katy facility has added on-site services, staff and square footage to accommodate the new practice.

With the arrival of the two M. D. Anderson medical oncologists who see patients full time in the Katy location only, the center offers outpatient chemotherapy, laboratory and pharmacy services as well as nutrition and social work counseling.

In addition to the two physicians, 10 additional M. D. Anderson employees including nurses, laboratory technicians, phlebotomists, pharmacists and business specialists will staff the new practice. Sixteen semi-private chemotherapy treatment rooms are available for on-site infusion.

The M. D. Anderson Clinical Care Center in Katy is located on the campus of CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital at 19770 Kingsland Blvd. M. D. Anderson and CHRISTUS St. Catherine continue their clinical collaboration just as they have since the radiation center opened.

“M. D. Anderson has experienced a great deal of growth in the last decade, and we are pleased that our community facilities have been a part of that growth in recent years,” said Thomas W. Burke, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief for M. D. Anderson. “It’s our mission to extend our reach well beyond the Texas Medical Center, and knowing that we are moving our care, people, technologies, services and research closer and more conveniently to patients is especially important.”

Joining Gregory Chronowski, M.D., the M. D. Anderson radiation oncologist who opened the Katy facility, will be general oncologists Nikesh Jasani, M.D. and Sunil Patel, M.D. both assistant professors in the Department of General Oncology. All three take part in weekly multidisciplinary conferences via teleconference with the M. D. Anderson main campus and participate on the tumor board composed of Katy area physicians, surgeons, radiologists and others.

With the expansion of the Katy facility, M. D. Anderson now has three Clinical Care Centers in the Houston area. In addition to locations in the Bay Area (Nassau Bay) and Sugar Land which offer both radiation and medical oncology, M. D. Anderson also has radiation treatment centers in Fort Bend (Richmond), Bellaire and The Woodlands.