Faculty Educator of the Month: September 2008
Dr. Gordon B. Mills
Dr. Gordon B. Mills, Chairman of the Department of Systems Biology, Chief of the Section of Molecular Therapeutics, Professor of Medicine and Immunology, and Anne Rife Cox Chair in Gynecology, has been named the September 2008 Faculty Educator of the Month.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Mills has had a multifaceted role in educating trainees and faculty. In particular, he has taught several courses at MD Anderson as well as The University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, including Molecular Therapeutics (2001), Professional Education for Prevention and Early Detection (1997-2000), Physiologic Concepts in Human Development and Neoplasia (1996-1998), Medical Oncology (1997-1998), Molecular Genetics and Cancer Predisposition for Gynecological Oncologists (1997-1998), and Cytokines as Regulators of Growth and Function (1996). Furthermore, Dr. Mills taught a course on tumor biology at Cytel Corporation in 1996.
In addition, Dr. Mills has been more directly involved in educating trainees at MD Anderson, as he has supervised 31 fellows, 6 Ph.D. candidates, and 1 master’s candidate. Also, he has served on student or thesis defense committees for 19 students.
Dr. Mills brought a wealth of education experience when he came to MD Anderson in 1994. Over the decade prior to his arrival here, he taught 14 graduate courses, 2 undergraduate courses, and 4 obstetrics and gynecology residency courses at the University of Toronto. Furthermore, he taught two courses on immunology related to gynecology and obstetrics at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.
Dr. Mills also had a significant supervisory teaching role at the University of Toronto, where he supervised 10 fellows, 5 Ph.D. candidates, and 1 master’s candidate. Additionally, he served on student or thesis defense committees for 31 students.
Dr. Mills has been greatly in demand at researcher meetings across the world over the past 2 decades. In particular, he has given more than 280 invited lectures for various groups. He also has given presentations or chaired symposia for more than 120 groups.
During his time at MD Anderson, Dr. Mills has been honored several times for his educational and research achievements. Most recently, he received the inaugural Waun Ki Hong Award for Mentorship in 2006, the Anne Rife Cox Chair in Gynecology in 2004, the Olga Keith and Harry Carothers Wiess Chair for Cancer Research from 2001 to 2004, and the Ransom Horne Jr. Professorship in Cancer Research from 1998 to 2001.
Dr. Mills received his M.D. degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1977 and his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Alberta in 1984. While pursuing his M.D. degree, he served as a research fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Flinders Medical Center in Adelaide, Australia, in 1976. He went on to complete an internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1978, an honorary residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1980, a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1982, and graduate studies in Biochemistry in 1984, all at the University of Alberta. Furthermore, he was a research fellow in the Division of Immunology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 1982 to 1985.
Dr. Mills began his professional career as an Assistant Professor in the departments of Immunology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto in 1985 and an active staff member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Toronto General Hospital. He was also named a Medical Research Council of Canada Scholar and a MacLaughlin Scientist in 1986. In 1990, Dr. Mills was named Director of Oncology Research at Toronto General Hospital and promoted to Associate Professor in the departments of Immunology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Clinical Biochemistry. In addition, he was named a Medical Research Council of Canada Scientist in 1991.
In 1994, Dr. Mills came to MD Anderson as Chief of the Section of Molecular Therapeutics, a Professor of Medicine, and a member of the Tumor Biology Program. He was later appointed Chairman of the Department of Molecular Therapeutics (1995-2006), Professor in the Department of Immunology (1995), Co-Director of the Clinical Genetics Research Program (ad interim; 1996-1997), Medical Director of Clinical Cancer Genetics (ad interim; 1996-2001), Associate Head of the Division of Medicine (1998-2000), Professor in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology (2000-present), Director of the Kleberg Center for Molecular Markers (2004-present), and Chairman of the Department of Systems Biology (2006-present).
Over the span of his career, Dr. Mills has been the principal investigator, a co-investigator, or the project director for a long list of funded research projects on a wide variety of subjects in the United States and Canada. Additionally, he owns eight patents and has three patents pending. Currently, Dr. Mills is an Associate Editor for five journals. Finally, Dr. Mills has authored more than 300 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 61 invited articles, and 37 book chapters.