Calling for a cure

The SHSU Department of Management and Marketing will host a member of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Bud and Joan Haney Auditorium.

Brant Fulcher, a director for global business development for the center, will give a speech entitled “Eliminating Cancer: Extending the Mission to the World.”

The goal of the U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in the world through promoting programs that mix caring for patients, researching preventative measures and educating students on the subject of cancer.

Located in central Houston on the Texas Medical Center campus, the center was created in 1941 as a part of the University of Texas System. It’s one of the U.S.’s first cancer centers as designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971, which now numbers 40.

In 2009, U.S. News & World Report’s ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ survey ranked the center as the best hospital for cancer care in the nation, and the center has held that spot for six of the past eight surveys.

The center’s goal is to become the best cancer center in the world.

Fulcher finds, researches and determines the validity of external business possibilities for the center, a job he has performed since 2008.

He received a degree in economics from Vanderbilt, and has since worked for companies such as Gartner Group, Deloitte Consulting and Healthcare Technologies International, which works with hospitals to develop first-rate oncology programs.

Fulcher also once worked with Varian Medical Systems, a leading provider in radiation therapy equipment that treats cancer. During his time at Varian, he led sales efforts in Texas and areas in the northwest areas of the U.S.

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