Cancer and Blood Disorders History

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The Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Health℠ 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 Health 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 Health was officially named the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD).

Children’s Health received a generous gift from the Pauline Allen Gill Foundation in support of the CCBD and in 2007 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 Health other than bequests and was used to support outpatient services as well as partially fund the construction and renovation of the sixth floor of the Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the flagship hospital of Children’s Health℠. This renovation allows Children’s Health to create an expanded space that is also more patient-friendly, providing seamless services to the patients and their families in one location.

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With 24 pediatric hematologists and oncologists on staff, all of whom are faculty members at UT Southwestern Medical Center, we care for more than 1,000 new patients each year making the Gill Center the largest childhood cancer and blood center in the region.