Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center UT Southwestern Medical Center


James K. V. Willson, M.D. | Director

5303 Harry Hines Blvd.
9th Floor, Suite 110

Dallas, Texas 75390-9110
P: (214) 645-HOPE (4673)



Hospital Information

The Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas is the only NCI–designated cancer center in north Texas. UT Southwestern is able to provide access to innovative treatments available at NCI–designated cancer centers for patients living in much of the central United States, including: Oklahoma and southern Kansas; western Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana; eastern New Mexico and Colorado; and central and west Texas.

Simmons Cancer Center integrates cancer research, clinical cancer care, and cancer control outreach across UT Southwestern University Hospitals and clinics, Parkland Health and Hospital System, and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. It has 202 members from 30 departments and centers campus–wide who are leaders in their fields. Through their work in trans–disciplinary teams, cancer center members promote innovations in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and control and are currently involved in 488 studies. Their efforts build on UT Southwestern’s longstanding tradition of scientific discovery, distinguished by four Nobel Prize winners, including three who are active as faculty, and its notable reputation for excellence in clinical training. UT Southwestern’s faculty also includes 19 members of the Institute of Medicine and 18 members of the National Academy of Sciences.

In 2009, UT Southwestern physicians provided care for 2,277 new patients with cancer diagnoses at UT Southwestern clinics and hospitals, plus 1,853 new patients at Parkland Hospital and Children’s Medical Center. At the time of its designation as an NCI Cancer Center, Simmons Cancer Center had 114 active clinical trials and studies.

Research and training grants at Simmons Cancer Center total $89 million annually and include funding by NCI, NIH, ACS, and DoD. UT Southwestern is also one of the leading recipients of grants from CPRIT, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. In the first half of 2010, the medical center garnered more than $34 million in CPRIT grants.

The Department of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center has a distinguished team of health care providers devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the adrenal glands, kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, and the male and female genital organs.
 Our urologists are pioneers in their field, researching and developing new diagnostic tests and treatments that are used all over the world.

UT Southwestern’s urologists draw referrals from across the nation and are notable for their many firsts:
    • Conducted the first large bladder cancer screening study in the United States
      Developed the Snodgrass repair, a surgical procedure used around the world for hypospadias, in which the opening of the urethra develops abnormally
    • Introduced the use of radiofrequency ablation to treat kidney tumors to Texas
      Offered North Texas’ first botulinum toxin injection for neurogenic bladder dysfunction in men and women
    • Performed the first laparoscopic prostatectomy in North Texas
    • Were among the first in the world to offer continent urinary diversion for bladder cancer patients
    • Were the first to perform an innovative therapy for complex female genital reconstruction

Our physicians have the most experience in North Texas with laparoscopic surgery for kidney, prostate, and testicular cancer, and offer robotic surgery for prostate cancer and other urological conditions.
 UT Southwestern offers treatments for some of the most complex urologic conditions, including specialized care to men, women, and children.

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For medical emergencies, please call 911 or go to your local emergency room immediately.

*Source: National Cancer Institute; Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center UT Southwestern Medical Center



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