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M. D. Anderson Gynecologic Oncologist to Head Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

M. D. Anderson Gynecologic Oncologist to Head Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

M. D. Anderson News Release 12/12/08

Pedro T. Ramirez, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, has been elected president of the Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (HGOS).

Ramirez is the third gynecologic oncologist from M. D. Anderson to serve as president of the region's largest medical organization dedicated to improving women's health. The group comprises community obstetricians and gynecologists, as well as specialists in fertility, maternal/fetal care and gynecologic oncology, medical students and trainees. His one-year term will begin in January.

Recognized for his expertise and research in the growing area of novel and laparoscopic surgery for women with gynecologic malignancies, Ramirez is one of the nation's leading surgeons using robotic technologies for cancers of the cervix, uterus and ovaries.  He is one of a small number of surgeons in the United States who perform abdominal radical trachelectomy for women with early cervical cancer who also want to preserve their fertility.

Ramirez has been a member of the M. D. Anderson faculty since 2001 and trained as a fellow in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology from 1998 to 2001. M. D. Anderson's gynecologic oncology specialty has been consistently ranked among the top national programs by U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Hospitals" survey since 1991.

"As president of the HGOS, I want to leverage the many academic medical resources that we have available in Houston and give members the best and most accurate information regarding new research, treatments, screenings and debates that are taking place in the medical community. This is information that can directly influence care of patients," said Ramirez, who has been involved with the organization for the last six years. "Physicians in the community get so busy with their patients that they need a single source for balanced and accurate information, and we want to position the HGOS as that source."

Ramirez has authored or co-authored 75 research articles, and has published 13 book chapters on a wide range of gynecologic oncology topics. At M. D. Anderson, Ramirez is a principal investigator on several research protocols involving therapies for patients with advanced ovarian cancer, and he is especially interested in developing and refining surgical techniques that spare fertility in young women.

Ramirez trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York after graduating from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University. 

Among the faculty of M. D. Anderson's Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Ramirez joins another colleague in the leadership of a professional organization. Thomas W. Burke, M.D., executive vice president, physician-in-chief and professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology, currently is national president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.  12/12/08


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