Cancer and Blood Disorders: History

The Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center is a world-class pediatric treatment center recognized nationally for exceptional clinical care, leadership in pediatric cancer research and academic excellence. These strengths have been intentionally cultivated to create a center with the highest commitment to serving both its patients and the mission of the wider pediatric oncology and hematology community.

The Gill Center’s achievements in clinical care, research and teaching are inherently tied to the long-standing affiliation with UT Southwestern. Since 1967, Children’s Medical Center has served as the patient care site for the UT Southwestern Medical Center Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, a collaboration that has mutually benefited both institutions. In 1992, the hematology-oncology program at Children’s Medical Center was officially named the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD).

Children’s received a generous gift from the Pauline Allen Gill Foundation in support of the CCBD and in 2013 the CCBD was renamed the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. 

This was the largest single gift ever made to Children’s other than bequests and was used to partially fund the construction and renovation of the sixth floor of the Children’s Medical Center Dallas campus. This renovation allows Children’s to create an expanded space that is also more patient-friendly, providing seamless services to the patients and their families in one location.