This program is designed to enhance the diversity of our faculty leaders at MD Anderson. The Provost’s Protégé Program, a partnership between the new office of Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion and the Provost’s Office, is adapted from successful corporate models.
Promising, diverse faculty members will be selected to shadow Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D., provost and executive vice president, and work closely with their division heads and Faculty Senate leaders. For six months, each protégé will spend 20% of her or his time gaining first-hand experience with the highest levels of academic leadership. In addition, each protégé will pick a project to complete within 12 to 18 months of starting the program. Protégés will work closely with Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion.
To realize our full potential requires deployment of the entirety of our faculty talent. We are excited about this rare, if not unique, program, and are fully committed to its success.
Ethan Dmitrovsky, M.D.
Provost and executive vice president
Chair and Professor of Pain Medicine
Helen Buchanan & Stanley Joseph Seeger Endowed Research Professor
Salahadin Abdi, M.D., Ph.D., is board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He is an active member in various national and international medical societies. Further, he is editor and/or associate editor of several national and international journals such as Pain Physician, Korean Journal of Pain, Frontiers in Pain Pharmacology & Therapy, Lasers in Medical Sciences, World Journal of Anesthesiology; and member of board of directors of American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Abdi has attended many national and international meetings as an invited speaker and has also served as a Visiting Professor in national and international institutes worldwide.
Additionally, he co-edited three books and is currently working on two additional books. He has authored and/or co-authored more than 250 manuscripts and abstracts, book chapters and review articles. His primary clinical and basic science research interests include stem cell and gene therapy for low back pain, cancer pain, complex regional pain syndrome and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
Professor of Behavioral Science
Director of Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship
The primary area of research for Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D. is developing and testing exercise and weight management interventions for cancer survivors and high risk populations. She studies the relationships of physical activity, dietary change, and obesity to health outcomes, as well as investigating innovative interventions to help cancer survivors and high risk populations make behavioral changes to improve their health.
She has an active peer review-funded research portfolio and a history of publications this area, and has been the principal investigator of six grants to study this issue, including a study of mechanisms of exercise adoption in endometrial cancer survivors (R01 CA109919), a pilot project to investigate the effect the BALANCE weight management intervention on weight and biomarkers in breast cancer patients (Lance Armstrong Foundation), and a study of a supervised exercise intervention for cancer survivors with chemotherapy-related heart failure (R21 CA135016). She also directs MD Anderson’s Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship and co-directs a CCSG shared resource that assists investigators with research involving patient-reported outcomes and fitness assessment.
Professor of Leukemia
Jane and John Justin Distinguished Chair in Leukemia Research
Jorge Cortes, M.D., is one of the worldwide experts in the field of leukemia, with a unique expertise in clinical and translational research in leukemia patients. He is currently the deputy chair and chair of the Chronic and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia sections in the Department of Leukemia at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has been recognized with The D. B. Lane Cancer Research Distinguished Professor for Leukemia Research and The Otis W. and Pearl L. Walters Faculty Achievement Award in Clinical Research by MD Anderson and The Dr. John J. Kenny Award and The Service to Mankind Award by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
He is the author of more than 500 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is currently the PI or Co-PI of more than 45 research grants and has mentored more than 25 clinical postdoctoral fellows. Recently he has had a key research role in the study of GI microbiome, a novel project to search for its preventive role in the development of infections in patients with leukemia.
Professor of Pathology and Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Lavinia Middleton, M.D. is a nationally recognized expert in breast pathology, with a strong interest and expertise in quality. She has been a faculty member at MD Anderson for more than 16 years. She is actively involved in clinical and translational research, and she has publications in leading pathology journals on the morphology and clinical features of breast cancer. She is an educator and has created courses for national pathology societies. She is a recognized expert on lobular carcinoma in situ.
She has also published book chapters relating to breast cancer disease progression and quality. Middleton is a Quality Officer and a UT System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Fellow. She is board certified in Medical Quality and is the divisional vice chair for Quality in Pathology and Laboratory Management. Recently she was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer to work with institutional leaders to develop and support medical practice quality initiatives.