Medical Director announced for the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
By Pam Nenaber, CEO
I am pleased to announce that Edgardo Rivera, MD has been named medical director for the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. This is a critical milestone in the ongoing development of the medical center, which is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2011 on the Banner Gateway Medical Center Campus.
“Dr. Rivera’s passion for excellent patient care combined with his expertise as an oncologist and leadership skills in working with physicians make him an ideal fit for this position,” said Banner Health President and CEO Peter S. Fine. “His role is essential to the anticipated success of this collaboration between Banner and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston,” Fine added.
Rivera is a medical oncologist who most recently worked at Methodist Hospital’s Breast Center in Houston, Texas as the medical director. He has also served as the chief of the Breast Medical Oncology Section and the associate professor of Medicine of the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at Methodist Hospital. In 2006, he was the director of U.S. Medical Strategy for Bristol Myers.
Rivera received his post graduate training at MD Anderson and joined the faculty there 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.
Rivera assumes the position from Margaret Row, MD, associate vice president, MD Anderson Global Clinical Programs, who served as the interim medical director since the announcement of the center in 2009.
When the cancer center opens, cancer patients will be cared for in a new three-story 120,000 square-foot outpatient center that will be 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.