publication date: Feb. 7, 2014


Conversation with The Cancer Letter
McKinsey Charge: Create Plan To Expand MD Anderson’s Reach

Responding to questions from The Cancer Letter, Jim Newman, director of external communications at MD Anderson, confirmed that the presentation obtained by The Cancer Letter was prepared under a contract by McKinsey & Company.

However, Newman said the document is a consultant’s recommendation rather than a plan that’s being implemented by MD Anderson. Newman declined to release the plan, stating that it’s proprietary.

“We wanted some outside perspective and/or expertise, which is why McKinsey was hired to consult and present their data,” he said in an email. The consulting firm was paid $1.6 million.

Newman responded to questions from Paul Goldberg, editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter.

Paul Goldberg: I have a copy of a report generated for MD Anderson by McKinsey & Company. The report is dated March 12, 2012. What was the intent of this report and how much did this study cost?

Jim Newman: The total cost of the consulting work by McKinsey was $1.6 million. The reason for the work was to continue our mission of expanding the reach of MD Anderson knowledge and care to help combat cancer in Houston, the state of Texas and beyond.

This was something we had been doing for a long time. This is nothing new: For example our relationships in Orlando and Madrid. Those affiliations traditionally began after organizations approached us to partner.

In late 2011/early 2012 we wanted to take a longer look at that system. We wanted to look at expanding affiliations … Continue reading 40-06 Conversation with The Cancer Letter

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