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History of The Center

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders was founded in 1990
by Dr. William Jordan, Dr. Greg Friess, Dr. Unamarie Clibon, and Dr. Michael Ross.

The Founders

The Founding

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders was founded in 1990 by Dr. William Jordan, Dr. Greg Friess, Dr. Unamarie Clibon, and Dr. Michael Ross. The partnership came about over dinner with Dr. Allen Brady who had been tasked by Harris Methodist to begin a cancer program for the hospital. After a few more meetings, the four physicians decided to combine practices as Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA. This collaboration was the first of its kind in North Texas because the physicians were a mix of MDs and DOs. This was an opportunity to create a new model of medical practice, a community-academic partnership that would raise standards of care.

Unamarie Clibon, MD

Unamarie Clibon, MD

William Jordan, DO

William Jordan, DO

Greg Friess, DO

Greg Friess, DO

Michael Ross, MD

Michael Ross, MD

The Founding

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders was founded in 1990 by Dr. William Jordan, Dr. Greg Friess, Dr. Unamarie Clibon, and Dr. Michael Ross. The partnership came about over dinner with Dr. Allen Brady who had been tasked by Harris Methodist to begin a cancer program for the hospital. After a few more meetings, the four physicians decided to combine practices as Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA. This collaboration was the first of its kind in North Texas because the physicians were a mix of MDs and DOs. This was an opportunity to create a new model of medical practice, a community-academic partnership that would raise standards of care.

The Founders

Unamarie Clibon, MD

Unamarie Clibon, MD

William Jordan, DO

William Jordan, DO

Greg Friess, DO

Greg Friess, DO

Michael Ross, MD

Michael Ross, MD

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The Early Years

They soon moved into a small office in the hospital. Starting with no money, Dr. Jordan took on the dual role of doctor and chief administrator. Dr. Ross kept the books on his home computer. Eventually, they hired a bookkeeper and few employees.

By 1995 the practice had expanded to three more locations. Each Tuesday the partners would invite other healthcare workers in the community to discuss a case in a “tumor board” style meeting. During the early ’90s the Moncrief Cancer Center was built and endowed a grant from MD Anderson. Oncology / Hematology physicians were asked to join and moved their office there for around 4 years. A new name came with the move, Texas Cancer Care.

Photo of our pharmacy, where we provide top cancer care medicines

Building a Home

As the practice continued to grow, it was decided that another name change was in order to The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. With the name change, it was decided that the practice needed a place to call home permanently. The search began for land and property that we could build a premiere community cancer center. In the early 2000s we found the perfect location in the heart of Fort Worth’s Medical District, 800 W. Magnolia Ave.
We gathered a group of patients and asked them what they would like to see in a cancer center. Things we didn’t think of like, mirrors in exam rooms to adjust their wigs to no phone ringing in the lobby, to the piano playing as you walked in. These were all things that we use to create the “premiere” cancer center in the region.

Photo of our pharmacy, where we provide top cancer care medicines

Groundbreaking and Grand Opening

We hosted a grand celebration for our groundbreaking in February of 2004. Doctors, their families, members of the press, and the community gathered together to begin this exciting new chapter for The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

A year later The Center’s main campus opened to patients with an incredible Grand Opening Celebration. We invited former First Lady Barbara Bush to give the keynote address. She shared the story of her daughter, Robin, that she lost to leukemia at the age of three. It was a fantastic day for The Center to be surrounded and supported by the community that helped build this new home.

Clinical trials are ways to get you the best cancer care in DFW
Clinical trials are ways to get you the best cancer care in DFW

The Center Today

Mission Statement

The mission of The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is to care for every patient as we would a cherished member of our family.

Vision Statement

The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders will create the premier community cancer center in the region ensuring the patient’s journey includes integrated access to all components of the continuum of cancer care.

Core Values

COMPASSION • RESPECT • COMMITMENT • EXCELLENCE

Providing appropriate medical treatment Addressing patient needs and concerns Valuing each person’s dignity Providing access to superior clinical care, breakthrough research and innovative technology.

“At The Center, we practice a firm belief that all patients should receive the finest medical care available, with the same concern and compassion as a cherished member of the family. We fight for our patients and with our patients. Our most important job is to empower our patients, show them they are stronger than they realize, arm them with the knowledge and skills to battle their disease, and walk beside them as they do it!”

– Ray Page, DO, PhD
   President

15 Locations

25 Doctors

13 Advanced Practitioners