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Michael Ahearn, PhD (deceased 2016) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Laboratory Medicine
Research: Ultrastructural Pathology, leukemia
Admin: Dean, School of Allied Health Professions (1987 – 2011)
Raymond Alexanian, MD (ret.) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Myeloma/Lymphoma
Research: stem cells, erythropoietin; combination therapies for myeloma; transplant supported chemotherapy; thalidomide.
Admin: Chief of Section, Myeloma (1998−2004).
Ralph Arlinghaus, PhD
Primary appt: Department of Translational Molecular Pathology
Research: Molecular pathology: genetic and molecular mechanisms and leukemia
Admin: Built Department of Molecular Pathology
The Honorable James A. Baker, III; Former Secretary of State; Member, Board of Visitors
MDA relationship: family gave estate, “The Oaks,” site of first MD Anderson hospital; member, Board of Visitors (1974 - ); inducted to Anderson Assembly (2009); personal donations to MD Anderson.
Robert Bast, MD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Experimental Therapeutics
Research: translational research, ovarian and breast cancer; biomarkers for early detection; drug sensitivities; monoclonal antibodies; CA125 biomarker; ARHI tumor suppressor gene.
Admin: Head, Division of Medicine (1994 – 2000); Vice President, Office of Translational Research (2000 - ).
Robert Benjamin, MD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Sarcoma Medical Oncology
Research: sarcoma medical oncology; conducted landmark studies establishing chemotherapy treatments, limb salvage and multi-modality treatment.
Admin: Chair, Department of Sarcoma Medical Oncology (1993 – 2012).
Frederick Becker, MD
Primary appt: Department of Molecular Pathology
Research: molecular pathology, epigenesist, chemical agents
Admin: First VP of Research (1979 – 1998).
Gerald Bodey, MD (ret. 1995) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Infectious Diseases
Research: infectious diseases [cont…]
Admin: Medical Director,Clinical Research Center, Lutheran Pavilion (1977 – 1981);
Director, Office of Research Protocol (1981 – 1983); Chair, Department of Medical Specialties (1987-1995)
Janet M. Bruner, MD (link)
Primary appointment: Department of Pathology.
Clinical interests: Brain Tumor Neuropathology, Molecular Diagnostics, Molecular Genetics; Second-Opinion Pathology Reviews
Admin: Deputy Head of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Fmr Chair, Department of Pathology (1998 – 2000).
Thomas Burke, MD
Primary appt: Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
Research: combination-treatment alternatives to radical surgery for uterine and vulvar cancers
Admin: Medical Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Center (1989−1998); Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief (2005−2013); Vice President of the MD Anderson Cancer Network (2013 – 2015).
Mark S. Chambers, D.M.D., M.S.
Interviewed:In-progress [2015, 2016]
Oral oncologist; clinical research investigator with a focus on novel therapeutic approaches to oral sequelae of cancer therapy. Chair, Section of Oral Oncology, Department of Head and Neck Surgery.]
Angela Cheves (ret.) (link)
Admin: Associate Director of Marketing, Children’s Art Project
Lorenzo Cohen, PhD
Interviewed:2016 [in progress]
Primary appt: Department of General Oncology and Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine
Admin: Director, Integrative Medicine Program (2002 - )
James Cox, MD (link)
Primary appt: Division of Radiation Oncology
Clinical: design of clinical trials; radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy and surgery to treat lung cancer, lymphomas, esophageal and prostate cancer; effectiveness of proton therapy in side effects, tumor size, and survival.
Admin: Vice President of Patient Care and Physician-in-Chief (’88-’92); Head, Division of Radiation Oncology (1995 - 2010).
William Daigneau, M.B.A. (ret. 2013) (link)
Admin: Chief Facilities Officer and Vice President for Operations and Facilities Management (1994 – 2013).
Ronald DePinho, MD (link)
Primary dept: Department of Cancer Biology
Research: Integrated genomics and biological systems approach; oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes; mechanisms of telomeres and DNA damage checkpoint pathways; cancer/stem cells and developmental pathways tumors; novel cancer therapies.
Admin: 4th President of MD Anderson (2011 - ).
Ethan Dmitrovsky, MD (link)
Primary dept: Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine.
Research: retinoid differentiation-based therapy for APL; retinoid mechanisms leading to cell cycle arrest and repair of DNA damage in normal/malignant lung epithelial cells; lung cancer cell lines leading to a new model to assess activity of lung cancer therapy and chemopreventive agents (antineoplastics).
Admin: Provost and Executive Vice President (2013 - ).
Linda Elting, PhD, MPH (ret. 2014)
Primary dept: Department of Biostatistics & Applied Mathematics
Research: epidemiology; value of care; effects of health policy on delivery of care.
Admin: Chief of Section, Health Services Research, Department of Biostatistics and Applied Mathematics (2001 – 2014); Chair, IRB IV (2005 – 2014).
Carmen Escalante, MD
Primary appt: Department of General Internal Medicine
Research: deep venous thrombosis; dynspnea and risk models that predict imminent death; cancer-related fatigue.
Admin: Chair, Department of General Internal Medicine (2005 - ).
Isaiah Joshua Fidler, DVM, PhD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Cancer Biology
Research: biology and therapy of cancer metastasis.
Admin: Director, Metastasis Research Laboratory.
Michael Fisch, MD (left MDA 2015) (link)
Primary appt: Department of General Medical Oncology
Research: symptom experience, symptom management and cardio-oncology; chemotherapy and depression.
Admin: Director, Community Clinical Oncology Program (2004 – 2015); Chair, Department of General Medical Oncology (2009 – 2015).
Lewis Foxhall, MD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention
Admin: Associate VP for Health Policy (1994 – 2005). Vice President for Health Policy (2005-).
Ralph Freedman, MD, PhD (ret.) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Gynecologic Oncology.
Research: immunology and gynecologic cancers, inflammatory response
Admin: Director and Chief of Immunology and Molecular Biology Research (’88-’07)
Emil J Freireich, MD (ret. 2015) (link)
Primary appt: Developmental Therapeutics.
Research: Leukemia—discovered first successful chemotherapy treatment for childhood cancer.
Chair, Developmental Therapeutics; Chair, Department of Hematology; Director, Adult Leukemia Research Program.
Featured in Ken Burns’ “The Emperor of All Maladies.”
Gibson Gayle, JD
MDA relationship: Board member, MD Anderson Foundation (1980 - ), President (1993-); associate member, MD Anderson Board of Visitors.
Helmut Goepfert, MD (ret.) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Head and Neck Surgery
Research: chemoprevention w/ derivatives of Vitamin A; combination therapies and to preserve larynx functionality
Admin: Chair, Department of Head and Neck Surgery (1982 – 2003)
Ellen Gritz, PhD (ret. 2014) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Behavioral Sciences
Research: smoking cessation and the psycho-social dimensions of cancer
Admin: Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences (1993 – 2014).
Jordan U. Gutterman, MD (link)
Interviewed:2004, 2006, 2012
Primary appt: Department of Systems Biology
Research: Interferon, Avicins and nutrition
Karen K. Harrison (link)
Primary appt: Volunteer Services.
Admin: Manager, Children’s Art Project (1980 – 1990); Assistant Director, Volunteer Services (1990 – 2005); volunteer.
Amy Carpenter Hay, BA, MS (link)
Admin: VP, Global Business Development (2008 – 2012); Vice President, Business Development in (2012- present).
C. Stratton Hill, Jr, MD (deceased 2015) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Symptom Research
Research: endocrinology and thyroid cancer; pain management
Admin: Associate Director of the Ambulatory Care Clinics (1974-19790); Director, Pain Clinic [the Pain Management Center] (1981 – 1992).
Waun Ki Hong, MD (link)
Primary appt: Division of Cancer Medicine
Research: retinoids and oral carcinogenesis; molecular therapeutics; cancer prevention; organ preservation; personalized targeted therapy.
Admin: Chair, Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology (1993 – 2013); Head, Division of Cancer Medicine (2001 – 2013); Named to the National Academy of Science.
Gabriel Hortobagyi, MD (ret.) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Breast Medical Oncology
Research: multimodality and adjuvant and neoadjuvant treatments for breast cancer; personalized therapies and gene therapy.
Admin: Chief of Section, Breast Medical Oncology (1984 – 1992); Founding Chair, Department of Breast Medical Oncology (1992 – 2012).
Debbie Houston, MSN (ret.) (link)
Primary appt: Information Technology
Research: Oncology Nursing; the role of technology in patient care
Admin: Director of Nursing (1986 – 1995); Center Administrative Director for Hematology (1995 - 1997); Director of Information Systems Clinical Operations and Projects (2005 – ).
Mien-Chie Hung, PhD
Primary appt: Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology
Research: demonstrated antitumor activity of adenovirus type EA1 gene in HER2/neu cancer cells; signaling transduction pathways of tyrosine kinase growth factor receptors; molecular mechanisms of oncogenes, including tumorigenesis; therapies for breast, ovarian and pancreatic cancer
Admin: Chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology (2000 - ). Vice President for Basic Research (2010 - ).
Norman Jaffe, MD (ret. 2006) (link)
Primary appt: Pediatrics
Research: clinical treatments for solid tumors; long-term effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy on children; psychosocial challenges of long-term survivors.
Admin: Chief, Pediatric Outpatient Clinic (1992-1994); Chief, Long Term Surveillance Clinic for Pediatric Patients Cured of Cancer (1996-2000).
Lovell A. Jones, PhD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine
Research: synthetic estrogens in uterine and ovarian cancer; health disparities.
Admin: minority health and health disparities initiatives (E.g. the Biennial Symposium Series on ‘Minorities, the Medically Underserved and Cancer’ (’88); National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer (’95); Inter-cultural Cancer Council).
Rebecca Kaul, MBA (link)
Admin: VP of Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer (2015-), Office of Strategy and Innovation
Michael Keating, MD
Primary appt: Department of Leukemia
Research: Leukemia and lymphoma combination therapies.
Co-leader, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Moon Shot Program.
Eugenie Kleinerman, MD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Pediatrics
Research: immunological treatments for pediatric osteosarcoma; MEPACT and other agents; combination therapies; novel delivery systems.
Admin: Head, Pediatrics (2001 – 2015).
Alfred Knudson, MD [video interview for Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences] (link)
Research: Cancer and hereditary redisposition
Admin: Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 1970-1976
Margaret Kripke, PhD (ret.) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Immunology
Research: Photo-immunology and skin cancer
Admin: Executive VP and Chief Academic Officer; Women Faculty Organization
Leon Leach, MBA, PhD (link)
Admin: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (1997 - ).
Charles A. LeMaistre, MD [ret.] (link)
Research: development of antibiotics for treatment of pulmonary disease; keratin.
Admin: [Chancellor, University of Texas System] Second president of MD Anderson (1978-1996).
Bernard Levin, MD (ret. 2007) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and Digestive Diseases.
Research: markers for early detection of colorectal cancer and management of polyposis; surgical adjuvant therapies; chemo-preventative treatments.
Admin: Chair, Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and Digestive Diseases (1984 – 1994); Vice President for Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences (1994 – 2007).
Benjamin Lichtiger, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. (ret. 2008) (link)
Primary Appointment: Laboratory Medicine
Clinical interests: Transfusion Medicine
Admin: Section Chief, Transfusion Medicine (overseeing Blood Bank, 1974 – 2001; Chair, Laboratory Medicine (1999 – 2008)
Bill Joe “Red” McCombs
MDA relationship: Member of Board of Visitors; Gifted $30 million to expand Research Park (the Red and Charline McCombs Institute for the Early Detection and Treatment of Cancer).
Mary Catherine Bussey Boice McGready (link)
Interviewed:2016 [in progress]
Role: Medical Librarian (1943)
Fourth employee at MD Anderson hired by Ernst Bertner, MD.
John Mendelsohn, MD (link)
Interviewed: 2005, 2012
Primary appt: Department of Experimental Therapeutics
Research: monoclonal antibodies, Cetuximab
Admin: 3rd President of MD Anderson (1996 – 2011); Director, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Personalized Cancer TherapyZayed Al Nahyan Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy
Patrick Mulvey (link)
Admin: Vice President, Office of Development (2000 - ).
Walter Pagel, ELS (ret.) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Scientific Publications
Support area: editor, scientific publications
Admin: Director, Department of Scientific Publications (1984 - )
William Plunkett, PhD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Experimental Therapeutics.
Research: cellular mechanisms of tumor viability: nucleoside analogues (fludarabine, gemcitabine), apoptosis; leukemia. Co-Director, Moon Shot: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Admin: Chief, Section of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, Department of Experimental Therapeutics (1993−2004); Director of Research Development (2005−2008); Deputy Chair, Department of Experimental Therapeutics (2008 - ). Institutional Research Integrity Officer.
Donald Podoloff, MD (link)
Primary dept: Nuclear Medicine
Research: diagnostic methods and therapies for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; functional imaging to locate tumors and determine drug dosages.
Admin: Chair, Department of Nuclear Medicine (1993-2005); Division Head, Division of Diagnostic Imaging (2001-2010); Medical Director, Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (2009 - ).
Raphael Pollock, MD (left MDA 2013) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Surgical Oncology.
Research: surgical techniques, surgical stress, natural killer cells, molecular approaches to soft tissue sarcoma; angiogenesis, chemoresistance, novel therapeutics
Admin: Chair, Department of Surgical Oncology (1994 – 2010); Head, Division of Surgery (1997 – 2012).
Alma Rodriguez, MD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma
Research: treatments for lymphoid malignancies.
Admin: Vice President, Medical Affairs (2005-).
Primary appt: NA
MDA relationship: Member, Board of Visitors (second generation); philanthropic support of institution (second generation)
William Satterfield, DVM (ret.) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Veterinary Science
Clinical interests: immunology, HIV, ovarian cancer, tissue engineering.
Admin: Chief of Livestock and Land Management, Department of Veterinary Sciences; Chief, Chimpanzee Biomedical Research Resource.
Raymond Sawaya, MD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Neurosurgery
Research: role of fibrinogen in cancer’s invasion of brain tissue; primary and metastatic brain tumors, third ventricle, brain stem and pineal region tumors; accessibility and safety of brain tumor surgery
Admin: Chair, Neurosurgery (1990 - )
Donna Sollenberger (left MDA 1997) (link)
Admin: Division Administrator, Division of Surgery and Anesthesiology (1991 – 1993); Vice President, Hospitals and Clinics (1993 – 1997).
George Stancel, PhD. (link)
Primary appt: Departments of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, and Gynecologic Oncology, UT Medical School.
Research: estrogen and uterine cancer
Admin: Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (1999 – 2012);
Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs of UT Health Sciences Center
Marilyn Stovall, PhD (ret. 2015) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Radiation Physics
Research: epidemiology, late effects of radiation therapy
Admin: Director, Dosimetry Radiation Services, Director, Late Effects Studies Group
John Stroehlein, MD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Research: cancers of the hollow gastrointestinal tract; screening for gastrointestinal cancer; combination treatments; primary and secondary prevention of cancer
Admin: Section Chief, Gastroenterology (1977-1982); ad interim Chair, Deputy Chair, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (2003 - ); Co-Medical Director, Department of Patient Affairs (2006 - ).
Louise Strong, MD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Genetics
Research: cancer genetics, Li-Fraumeni Syndrome
Admin: Chief of Section, Clinical Cancer Genetics, Department of Genetics
Steven Stuyck, MPH (ret. 2013) (link)
Admin: Director, Public Information and Education (1975 – 1985); Assistant to the President (1981 – 1986); Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs (1985 – 1988); Associate Vice President for Public Affairs (1988 – 1999); Vice President, Public Affairs (2000 – 2013).
Barbara L. Summers, PhD (ret. 2015) (link)
Admin: Chief Nursing Officer and Associate Vice President of Clinical Programs (2000−2003). Chief Nursing Officer and Head of the Division of Nursing (2003 – 2015).
Elizabeth Travis, PhD (link)
Primary appt: Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology
Research: effects of radiation therapy on (normal) lung tissue.
Admin: Associate Vice President, Women Faculty Programs (2006 - ).
Stephen Tomasovic, PhD (ret.) (link)
Primary appt: Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology
Admin: Senior VP, Academic Affairs (2006 – 2011); Founder, Cancer Biology Program.
Louise Villejo (ret. 2015) (link)
Primary appt: Patient Education Office
Admin: Executive Director of the Patient Education Office.
Janis Apted Yadiny, MLS (link)
Admin: Associate Vice President of Faculty and Academic Development (2008 - ).
Alfred Yung, MD
Primary appt: Department of Neuro-Oncology
Research: chromosomal heterogeneity in tumors and drug sensitivity; epidermal growth factors and drug effectiveness.
Admin: Chair, Department of Neuro-Oncology (1999 - 2014); Co-Director, Brain Tumor Center.