Louise A. Villejo recognized with 2010 Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Education

September 30, 2015

Villejo is determined to do her part to ensure that patients never have to endure what her mother did. Resources offered through the Patient Education Office include patient education programs, print and audiovisual materials, the website myMDAnderson and three onsite learning centers.

"It's important to provide MD Anderson's diverse patient population with pertinent information to use before, during and after treatment as survivors," said Villejo. "My focus is on empowering patients with knowledge about their disease, treatment, self-care, managing side effects and support services."

Regina Rogers, a senior member of MD Anderson's Board of Visitors, established the Rogers Award in 1987 in honor of her parents, the late Julie and Ben Rogers, and in appreciation of the treatment her brother and her mother received at the institution for thyroid cancer and breast cancer, respectively. Ben Rogers served on the Board of Visitors from 1978 until his death in 1994, when his daughter and wife established the Julie & Ben Rogers Breast Diagnostic Clinic in his memory. Julie Rogers died in 1998.

"After a 50-year relationship, MD Anderson is like family to me, and I'm honored to recognize the dedication, excellence and integrity that permeate this institution at every level," said Rogers. "Anderson continues to save people's lives, minute by minute. I don't think there's any greater mission in life."

SOURCE The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston