publication date: May. 23, 2014

MD Anderson Survey Shows Faculty Dissatisfaction with Top Leaders

By Matthew Bin Han Ong


In a long-awaited survey of employees at MD Anderson Cancer Center, faculty members show a significant drop in approval scores for the administration’s executive leadership, in comparison with the last time the survey was administered in 2012.

The results are important, because they gauge the impact of the institution’s president Ronald DePinho and his administration. 

Earlier surveys, conducted by the MD Anderson Faculty Senate, demonstrated a decline in the faculty’s morale, and—anecdotally—other cancer centers reported receiving a flurry of CVs from MD Anderson faculty members. MD Anderson administration officials said that actual attrition has been consistent with the pre-DePinho era.

On some questions in the most recent survey, which was conducted by the administration, approval of the executive leadership appears to be at the lowest point since 2008, the earliest year for which survey data could be obtained.

When the results for the faculty and staff are pooled, DePinho et al. fare quite well, with up to 66 percent giving the administration a “favorable” evaluation. Similarly, the institution-wide survey garnered many positive comments in the free-response section. 

Overall employee satisfaction with top management fell as much as 14 percent over two years on two leadership metrics, with the lowest numbers observed among the faculty.

The majority of negative comments were focused on the decline in morale, placing the blame on the institution’s top leaders:  

The executive leaders need to be more accountable for their actions and misactions. They need to be more responsible because their actions reflect disfavorably [sic] on the … Continue reading 40-21 MD Anderson Survey Shows Faculty Dissatisfaction with Top Leaders

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