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Dr. Carmelita Escalante is Professor and Chair in the Department of General Internal Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She received her MD from Louisiana State University and completed her residency at The University of Texas MD Anderson Medical School. She joined MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1988 and has had clinical responsibilities despite significant administrative duties as Chair of the Department of General Internal Medicine.
She is board certified in internal medicine and a fellow in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Escalante was named one of the Best Physicians by US News and World Report and established the first cancer-related fatigue clinic in the nation after recognizing the challenges cancer patients face with this symptom. Since then, the clinic has served as a model for other institutions throughout the country and world. Dr. Escalante serves on two national guideline panels for cancer-related fatigue (NCCN, ASCO) and is an active researcher in this area. Other research interests include venous thromboembolism and hypertension induced by VEGF inhibitors and tyrosine kinase inhibitors in cancer patients.
In addition to specialized internal medicine clinics, such as the Cancer Related Fatigue Clinic, Dr. Escalante and her faculty manage both cancer patients and cancer survivors with internal medical issues (other comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia as well as cancer and cancer treatment-related internal medicine issues). Dr. Escalante has co-edited “Medical Care of Cancer Patients," a text that is considered a first of its kind, addressing unique internal medicine issues in cancer patients.