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Making Cancer History Voices Collection

Roger Anderson Oral History Interview 1, May 18, 2004

Descriptive Summary

Collection: Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection:
Interviewee: Anderson, Roger, Ph.D.,
Interviewer: Brunet, Lesley Williams
Title: Roger Anderson Oral History Interview 1,
Dates: May 18, 2004
Abstract Dr. Roger Anderson talks with Lesley W. Brunet about his career at MD Anderson as the head of the Pharmacy Division. He discusses his plan for integrating pharmacists within more departments, such as nursing and developmental therapeutics. He also talks pharmacists’ increased role in improving chemotherapy drugs and safety monitoring.
Collection ID: Anderson_Roger_20040518
Original Format: Audiocassette
Format: 1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript
Interview Length: 58 minutes, 39 secords
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library,The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Biographical Note

Dr. Roger W. Anderson received his undergraduate pharmacy degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapid, Michigan in 1964. Following that, he got a Master’s Degree in Hospital Pharmacy from The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio in where he also completed his Hospital Residency in 1968. Dr. Anderson came to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1978 when he was appointed Director of Pharmacy and was appointed Vice President of Pharmacy.

While working at for one of the largest hospital pharmacy systems in the country, Dr. Anderson worked to improve pharmacy automation, use of anti-cancer medications, and reduce environmental hazards of handling hazardous anti-cancer agents. In 1992, the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists awarded him the Harvey A.K. Whitney Award, which is the society’s highest honor.

He also received a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1997 and was an Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice at the University of Houston. After leaving MD Anderson in 2004, he was a senior vice president and chief pharmacist for Medco Health Solutions and Chief Pharmacy Officer for US Oncology, Inc.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Anderson, Roger W.
Clark, Randolph Lee, 1906-
Freireich, Emil J., 1927-
Gilley, Elmer R.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center -- history
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Division of Pharmacy
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents -- economics
Drugs, Investigational
Clinical Trials as Topic
Neoplasms -- drug therapy
Hospitals, Special
Laboratories, Hospital
Pharmacy Service, Hospital
Pharmacy Service, Hospital -- economics
Houston (Tex.)
Oral History

Administrative Information


Interview between Roger Anderson, Ph.D. and Lesley W. Brunet occured on May 18, 2004 in his office in the Division of Pharmacy, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Preferred Citation

Roger Anderson Interview Oral History Interview 1, May 18, 2004, Making Cancer History Oral History Collection, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Processing Information

Oral history was edited by Javier Garza, Archivist, May 2011



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