MD Anderson Cancer Center Program Director - Genitourinary Research in Houston, Texas

Program Director - Genitourinary Research

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Managerial/Professional at

Pathology/Lab Medicine - Resch 900042

Requisition #: 116761

The Pathology Department provides diagnostic services and specialized testing for patients with solid tumors. Our pathologists are subspecialized and have clinical and research expertise in a range of solid tumors. In addition, our pathologists collaborate with other clinicians to customize each patient’s treatment based on his or her individual diagnosis.

The Pathology Department accomplishes this mission in three different areas.


Surgical pathology and cytopathology provide the diagnostic backbone for patients seen at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and our internationally recognized pathologists are important members of the clinical management teams. This service is provided to all M.D. Anderson Cancer Center patients and includes review of material obtained and evaluated elsewhere as well as those obtained at the hospital. This review has been shown to be of significant importance in both terms of quality of care and economic benefit. In addition, the Pathology Department sees second opinion consultations through our outside consultative services at . These second opinion consultations from around the globe represent a substantial portion of our caseload.


Both clinical and basic science research are critical in supporting the mission of eliminating cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world. The research performed by our faculty has received high recognition both nationally and internationally and are published in notable, high impact medical journals. The Pathology Department faculty are key members of several research initiatives, including the Cancer Moon Shots and the largest number of National Institute of Health (NIH) Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs).


The Pathology Department provides comprehensive educational opportunities to trainees, medical observers, and practicing pathologists in the community through a variety of clinical and research fellowships, continuing medical education (CME) lectures and conferences, and observerships. In addition, our faculty routinely lecture at national and international conferences and have authored a substantial number of textbooks across the entire spectrum of oncologic pathology.


Frozen Section

Requires knowledge of the zonal prostatic anatomy, familiarity with the zonal origin and location of prostate cancer foci and understanding of the pathologic staging of prostate cancer. This function is closely related to the acquisition of fresh tissue samples (tumor and normal) and the characterization and quality control of samples obtained for the tissue bank or for distribution to researchers requesting fresh samples; Review of daily OR schedule to identify all patients with prostate cancer undergoing surgery. Review of clinical history, previous pathology reports and consent status for all cases; Assists Core Pathologist and / or performs independently routine tissue procurement from all specimens, including protocol specific tissue samples, if consent status is appropriate

Prostate Cancer Tissue Bank

Supervision and quality assurance of the preparation of specimen folders including specimen maps, paraffin tissue retrieval and frozen samples characterization forms; prepares samples for and assists Core Pathologist withthe pathological review of cases collected for protocols and tissue bank; Records all clinical, diagnostic and pathological details in an electronic database. Performs quality assurance of data entry of other Core staff. Maintains patients and procedure data relative to the workload and quality assurance of bank operations.

Translational Research

Contributes to institutional translational research efforts by: participation in meetings with protocol PI, clinical research nurses/coordinators, and pathologists to design protocol specific tissue collection procedures; design of protocol specific collection forms; communicating with clinical protocol coordinators regarding issues related to protocol specimen collection and consent forms; coordinating the distribution of fresh tumor samples to investigators receiving specimens from patients on protocols; Coordination the distribution of fresh tumor samples to the cell culture and xenograft program laboratory

Review of Pathologic Data & Data Entry

Review of previous biopsy data for all patients undergoing prostatectomy; entry of pathologic data of prostatectomy in databases including tumor volume determination

Tan 7 Pathology Core Laboratory

In collaboration with the Administrative Director of Protocol Research, performs or supervises basic and advanced histological procedures including embedding, cutting (paraffin and frozen sections), staining tissue micro-array (TMA) and immunohistochemistry; assists Core pathologists and other investigators in the design and construction of tissue microarrays (TMA) by participating in block selection and mapping of tumor areas for TMA construction; Organization of material for the preparation of Tissue Microarray (TMA) including information regarding available paraffin blocks, tumor volume and pathologic data; Participation in TMA construction by providing guidance for areas to be cored according the codes of the TMA forms and tissue sections; Shares supervision of laboratory personnel from pathology core with laboratory coordinator

Regulatory Issues

Ensures compliance with accrediting agencies for pathology laboratory activities, including documentation of competency testing, documentation of quality improvement activities and development of procedures manuals


Organization of material for projects with surgical pathology and genitourinary (GU) pathology fellows, GU pathology staff, and clinicians, basic researchers and translational investigators from the GU center.

Other duties as assigned.

MD or PhD in one of the natural sciences or related field. Six years experience in laboratory research. It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.