Rivera Named Banner MD Anderson Medical Director

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Rivera.jpgThe appointment of Edgardo Rivera, M.D., as medical director of Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is a critical milestone in the ongoing development of the specialty medical center, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011 on the Banner Gateway Medical Center Campus in Arizona.

"Dr. Rivera comes to the center with a diverse clinical background, not only with strong ties to MD Anderson in Houston but with extensive experience interfacing with community physicians and other health care institutions," says Thomas Burke, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief at MD Anderson. "We're confident that he'll successfully build, and effectively lead, the team that will deliver expertise in cancer care at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center."

Rivera is a medical oncologist who most recently worked at Methodist Hospital's Breast Center in Houston as the medical director. He also has served as chief of the Breast Medical Oncology Section and associate professor of medicine in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at Methodist Hospital.

Rivera received his post-graduate training at MD Anderson and joined the faculty here as an instructor in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology in 1996. He progressed through assistant professor and associate professor positions in that department. In addition to his patient care responsibilities, Rivera trained oncology fellows and medical students, and he received the 2003 MD Anderson Outstanding Educator Award. He also served in numerous administrative positions at MD Anderson, including medical director of the Breast Medical Oncology Long Term Follow-Up Clinic, supervisor of the Breast Medical Oncology Anticoagulation Clinic and associate medical director for the Nellie B. Connally Breast Center.

In his medical director role at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Rivera will develop the center's clinical vision, strategy and focus. He will direct all cancer program clinical activities and act as the lead clinical representative.

"I'm so excited for this opportunity," Rivera says. "We have two excellent organizations in Banner Health and MD Anderson partnering to offer the best quality in cancer patient care, which will also bring MD Anderson's multidisciplinary vision and practice to the Southwest."

When the cancer center opens, patients will be cared for in a new three-story, 120,000-square-foot outpatient center supported by 76 beds on two floors inside Banner Gateway Medical Center. The outpatient center will house physician clinics, medical imaging, radiation oncology, infusion therapy and many support services.

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When Dr. Rivera accepted his new position at Banner Medical (M.D. Anderson) it was a tremendous loss to, not only my wife but to many of his patients in Houston. She missed him tremendously and we both felt that we had truly lost a member of our family. I began to notice the decline in my wifes attitude and I knew it was due to the loss of the Doctor that she trusted. Although it is expensive for us to do so we recently drove to Banner Medical in Gilbert, Arizona. The facility is fantastic and there are no words to describe the the wonderful treatment we received there. However the main focus was Dr. Rivera. There is truly someting very special about him. We have now committed to visiting him on a regular scheduled basis as we did in Houston. It has improved the mental state of my wife and we both are very happy to again be with a wonderful member of our family. As a husband, watching what devistating effects cancer has had on my lovely wife, I know that bringing her to Dr. Rivera is the most intelligent decision I have ever made.

Without hesitation I will continue to travel with my wife to Arizona where I know she is receiving the best of the best.

Ken Cavaretta

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