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Faculty Educator of the Month: April 2008

Dr. Carol J. Etzel

Dr. Carol J. Etzel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Faculty Member at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS), has been named the April 2008 Faculty Educator of the Month.

During her time at MD Anderson, Dr. Etzel has been a major contributor to the education of trainees at institutions throughout the Texas Medical Center. In particular, she has played a pivotal role in the classroom, serving as a guest lecturer for the Methods in Genetic Epidemiology Linkage course at the GSBS and Molecular Epidemiology course at The University of Texas School of Public Health as well as the Data Mining in Genetic Epidemiology and Cancer Epidemiology courses at The University of Texas School of Public Health.

Within the Department of Epidemiology, Dr. Etzel has helped educate trainees through her development of the Classification and Regression Trees Users Group (2000-present) and her coordination of the department's Thursday Seminar Series.

Dr. Etzel's educational contributions extend outside the classroom. She has mentored or co-mentored seven graduate students and one undergraduate/Allied Health student in the Department of Epidemiology and three residents/fellows in the R25 Cancer Prevention Training Program. She has also served on one advisory committee at The University of Texas School of Public Health and is the head of a student advisory committee at the GSBS.

Dr. Etzel also has been in demand to appear at meetings and seminars outside MD Anderson. Specifically, she has been an invited speaker at five meetings and given presentations for numerous other groups throughout the world. In addition, Dr. Etzel has completed a lectureship in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Etzel received her Ph.D. degree in Statistical Science from Southern Methodist University in 1999. Later that same year, she came to MD Anderson, where she completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Epidemiology in 2000 and in the R25 Cancer Prevention Training Program in 2002. Also, since 1998, Dr. Etzel has completed specialized training in numerous topics related to statistics and epidemiology throughout the country.

After completing her second fellowship, Dr. Etzel was named Instructor in the Department of Epidemiology in 2002. She was promoted to her current position of Assistant Professor in 2003 and named to the GSBS faculty in 2004. In addition, Dr. Etzel has served on the MD Anderson Faculty Senate since 2005 and the Psychosocial, Behavioral, and Health Services Research Committee (2004-2007). Dr. Etzel also has been the leader of the Statistics Working Group of the International Lung Cancer Consortium since 2005.

Over her career at MD Anderson, Dr. Etzel has been very active as a researcher, as evidenced by the fact that she has been the Principal Investigator or a Co-investigator for nine grant-funded research projects. She also has been a grant reviewer for four study sections. Additionally, Dr. Etzel and four other faculty members at MD Anderson hold a patent for a technique used to determine the cancer susceptibility to carcinogens in tobacco.

Dr. Etzel has been a prolific writer over the past 9 years, as she has authored more than 40 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 1 invited article, 1 book chapter, and several abstracts and letters to the editor. She also has served on the editorial board for the Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods and has reviewed articles for many other national and international journals.


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