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I am an active clinician and joined the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC) in 1988. I have clinical responsibilities with significant administrative duties as chair of the department of General Internal Medicine. I am board certified in internal medicine and a fellow in the American College of Physicians. I was named one of the Best Physicians by US News and World and a Top Doctor in Houston.
My greatest strength and passion are in program building. Since I became the leader of our group in 1998 (first as section chief and later as department chair), I have focused on innovative ways to enhance our clinical programs. During my tenure, I have built 4 groups that have since become independent entities Those include 2 departments (Emergency Medicine and Hospital Medicine) and 2 sections (Nephrology, Rheumatology). I have also initiated other important programs within the department; some include POEM (formerly IMPAC), the first Cancer-Related Fatigue Clinic in the nation, the Mary Ann Weiser Suspicion of Cancer Clinic, a section of geriatric oncology, and the new Linking Internal Medicine and Metastatic Breast Cancer for Success (LIMBS) Clinic.
I serve on 2 national guideline panels for Cancer-Related Fatigue (NCCN, ASCO) and am an active researcher in this area. Other research interests include venous thromboembolism (VTE) and hypertension induced by VEGF and tyrosine kinase inhibitors in cancer patients.
My most significant achievement has been in developing my faculty. I have spent substantial effort in identifying opportunities for my faculty to succeed in their careers. During my tenure, I have recommended and supported faculty to lead committees both internal and external to the institution, to champion and grow initiatives/projects, to apply for other institutional leadership positions and to give talks at national and international meetings/symposia. Three of my former faculty now are department chairs or section chief (2 at external academic institutions and 1 at UTMDACC) and another faculty is now the Vice President of Inpatient Operations at UTMDACC. I have always felt that if my faculty are successful, I am successful.