Statement on passing of UT MD Anderson President Emeritus John Mendelsohn

The UT System mourns the loss of John Mendelsohn, president emeritus of UT MD Anderson and a great humanitarian who set the gold standard for cancer care, compassion, leadership, and kindness. His style and brilliance inspired everyone with whom he worked to be the best they could be. His beneficiaries include patients and families from all over the world, whose lives were made better not only by his discoveries and treatments, but by the dignity and sincerity with which he treated everyone.

-- Chancellor James B. Milliken

About The University of Texas System
For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 14 institutions, an enrollment of more than 235,000 students and an operating budget of $19.5 billion (FY 2019), the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce nearly 59,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and almost two-thirds of its health professional degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 7.8 million outpatient visits and 1.6 million hospital days last year. Across UT institutions, research and development expenditures total $2.7 billion – the second highest among U.S. public higher education systems – and the UT System is regularly ranked among the top 10 most innovative universities in the world. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 21,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and nearly 85,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors and support staff.

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