Getting to know MD Anderson president Peter WT Pisters, M.D.

Peter WT Pisters, M.D., MD Anderson’s fifth full-time president, began his role Dec. 1, with a renewed spirit of unity and excitement. Like each of us here, Pisters feels a deep connection to MD Anderson, our mission and the patients we serve. Pisters built his career here for 20 years as a cancer surgeon, researcher, professor and administrator. He left in 2014 to oversee the University Health Network, affiliated with the University of Toronto, the largest hospital-based research program in Canada. He began his presidency at MD Anderson by attending New Employee Orientation, followed by rounding and interacting with employees in all four mission areas of patient care, research, education and prevention. Committed to learning everything he can about MD Anderson, Pisters continues to engage stakeholders at all levels and in all areas to hear about our strengths and where we might improve. We recently sat down with Pisters to learn a little more about him. Here’s what he had to say. What word best describes you? Curious. What prepared you for your role as MD Anderson’s president? The most important preparation I had was the privilege of caring for cancer patients as an MD Anderson faculty member for 20 years. My understanding of frontline cancer-fighting experience here at MD Anderson gives me deep insight into our mission and culture. Also, I know that my master’s degree in health care management and my experience as chief executive officer at University Health Network in Toronto provided solid academic training and chief executive leadership experience that are absolutely essential for me to serve our organization as president. As you’ve traveled around...