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MD Anderson Cancer Center Senior Speech Language Pathologist in Houston, Texas


The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


Primary responsibility of the Senior Level Speech Pathologist is to be an active member of the Head and Neck Center Health care team by the evaluation and treatment of patients with swallowing, cognitive and or communication deficits of functional and/or organic origin. Impacts patient care through the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, cognitive, voice and/or swallowing disorders. Serves as a clinical and educational resource and mentor to students, clinical fellows and designated staff. Demonstrates leadership within the program and supports the management team in operational and programmatic efforts.


Functions as a role model relative to performance expectations

As demonstrated by:

  • Consistently and visibly embodying our Core Values in words and deeds, meeting deadlines, demonstrating service excellence (e.g., accepting overbooks to accommodate patient needs, complex patient care assignments, and service recovery requests), supporting team members, meeting obligations, meeting productivity standards, completing documentation & billing accurately and on time. Works with section leadership to ensure that all equipment, supplies, materials, and other apparatus necessary for clinical care are available and in working order.

Functions as a leader within the department

As demonstrated by:

  • Routinely coordinating aspects of daily operations, mentoring junior staff, giving presentations/in-services, effective inter-/multi-disciplinary collaboration, and leading at least one performance improvement project, clinical research project or program development annually (with meaningful outcomes)

Exhibits expertise in oncology care

As demonstrated by:

  • Competency in all core oncologic clinical care areas: Bedside/clinical dysphagia evaluation, motor speech evaluation/therapy, cognitive evaluation/therapy, language evaluation/therapy, Modified Barium Swallow Study, Radiation Swallow Pathway, Tracheostomy care, device facilitated exercise therapies.

  • Displays competency in at least two subspecialty areas of clinical service: Laryngectomy rehabilitation and/or TEP management, awake craniotomy, acute rehabilitation, lymphedema, interdisciplinary trismus clinic, voice therapy, videostroboscopy, FEES, pharyngeal manometry.

  • CV reflects oncology focused clinical expertise via leading authorship role in relevant publications and/or a consistent track record of podium presentations to regional, national, or international audiences.

Other duties as assigned


Required : Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology or Communication Sciences and Disorders.


Required : Three years relevant work experience in an outpatient or acute care hospital setting post-clinical fellowship, to include one year of experience in an oncology setting and two years relevant work experience post clinical fellowship.

Successful completion of MD Anderson fellowship can substitute one of the three required years of experience.

All of the following: Certification in Speech-Language Pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) License in Speech-Language Pathology issued by the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

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.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 167700

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Work Week: Day/Evening

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 98,500

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 123,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 147,500

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Work Location: Onsite

  • Pivotal Position: Yes

  • Referral Bonus Available?: Yes

  • Relocation Assistance Available?: Yes

  • Science Jobs: No