Research and Training at Simmons Cancer Center

Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated Cancer Center in North Texas, is a multidisciplinary program responsible for the cancer care and cancer research conducted at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Our mission is to reduce the impact of cancer today and to work to eliminate the threat of cancer in Dallas, North Texas, and the nation.

With NCI designation, Simmons Cancer Center is among the most elite cancer centers in the country. Such designation identifies Simmons as having the characteristics that enable excellence in patient care, in research, and in education and training. NCI designation is the gold standard for cancer centers. According to a recent study from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, cancer deaths are 25 percent lower at NCI-designated cancer centers.


Unprecedented collaboration among top researchers can yield novel insights to the origins, treatment, and prevention of cancer. Scientific innovations alter clinical research and practice in profound ways at the Simmons Cancer Center. The special mission of the Center is to bring new knowledge and technology into the fight against cancer through the work of our scientific programs. To that end, there are currently 22 multi-investigator research projects designed to move UTSW findings through the translational pipeline.

Private, federal, and state funding provide financial resources to pursue clinical and translational research interests. Of particular note, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has recently awarded more than $195 million in new grants to investigators at UT Southwestern Medical Center to support cancer-related projects and to continue to recruit pre-eminent cancer investigators. Simmons Cancer Center opened 21 investigator-initiated clinical trials over the past year and recently launched a Phase I program that has already initiated 30 trials to date.

The physical configuration of the Simmons Center ensures there are no barriers between “bench and bedside” in a variety of scientific programs, including chemistry and cancer, cancer cell networks, experimental therapeutics of cancer, and more. Shared resources and core facilities support the research of the scientific programs by adding power and reach, and researchers can readily access highly specialized expertise of disease-oriented teams of experts.

Education and Training

Simmons Cancer Center builds on the outstanding educational and training programs at UT Southwestern by supporting and developing the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians.

Fellowships and training programs specific to Simmons Cancer Center provide opportunities for physicians and researchers to collaborate and further understand the disease. UT Southwestern helps train the clinical and research leaders of tomorrow.

Simmons Cancer Center provides a variety of opportunities, all linked to the mission of reducing the impact of cancer today and working to eliminate the threat of cancer in Dallas, North Texas, and the nation.

Patient Care

Simmons Cancer Center's team of nearly 200 leading cancer physicians and oncology-trained support staff is a trusted partner in returning cancer patients to good health.

The Center features the top cancer specialists in the country, the most advanced technology and equipment available, state-of-the-art clinics and hospitals, leading-edge therapies and clinical trials, and a collaborative team approach for each patient. Some call it “treating cancer.” Simmons Cancer Center treats individuals with cancer, providing innovative, tailored therapies to patients.

Simmons Cancer Center's clinic facilities total 47,820 square feet, logging about 6,000 new patient visits and almost 150,000 total visits each year. Medical, surgical, radiation oncology, and other specialty care facilities are in close proximity to one another, with imaging, laboratory services, infusion, supportive services, and clinical cancer genetics also easily accessible.

Learn more about the unsurpassed patient care at Simmons Cancer Center.