publication date: May. 25, 2018
Conversation with The Cancer Letter
Six months at MD Anderson: Pisters announces organizational change
After six months of listening and observing the functioning of MD Anderson Cancer Center, Peter Pisters announced changes in the cancer center’s organizational chart.
The center’s structure will continue to flatten out, continuing along the path that first emerged during a reorganization last June (The Cancer Letter. June 30, 2017)
The box diagram that flashed on the screen above Pisters as he described his plans to the faculty and staff on May 22 featured many blank boxes that arguably denote some of the most sought-after jobs in oncology.
“I inherited a structure, looked at that structure, and operated through that structure for six months,” said Pisters, who took over as MD Anderson president on Dec. 1, 2017. “As I did so, I saw opportunities to improve that.
“As we chart our course forward, a big objective that I had was to continue the process of flattening the organizational structure,” Pisters said. “When we look at the changes that were made last summer, those were very positive in large part because they flattened the organizational structure.
“And what we are doing today continues that process and puts me closer and closer to the front lines, which is something that’s very, very important to me and the organization.”