Ernest Hawk, M.D., M.P.H. is vice president and division head. Dr. Hawk joined MD Anderson in late 2007 after nearly 15 years of service at the National Cancer Institute, including a fellowship in cancer prevention. He received his M.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and trained as a gastrointestinal medical oncologist.  He received his M.P.H. in 1994 from Johns Hopkins University.  His research interests are in cancer chemoprevention, preventive drug development and trial design and in improving the participation of minority and underserved populations in clinical research.  Dr. Hawk holds the Boone Pickens Distinguished Chair for the Early Prevention of Cancer and is a professor in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention.
 Martha Salas, M.S.W., M.B.A. is the division administrator. She works closely with Dr. Hawk to plan, direct and implement the financial, personnel, patient care, research and operational activities of the Division.  She also provides leadership to the divisional departments and the Cancer Prevention Center.  She was appointed division administrator in 2012 after serving as the department administrator in Genitourinary Medical Oncology.  Ms. Salas received a M.S.W. from the University of Houston School of Social Work and an M.B.A. from the University Of Houston Bauer College Of Medicine.
 Jennifer Tektiridis, Ph.D., C.P.A. is the executive director for research planning and development in the division.  She is responsible for developing and implementing new divisional research initiatives, including the Duncan Family Institute for Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment.  Ms. Tektiridis joined MD Anderson in 2002 as the first executive director for the Gulf Coast Consortia.  Prior to her current role, she was the administrative leader for the MD Anderson Cancer Center Support Grant.  Ms. Tektiridis earned a B.S. in Geology and Spanish from Dickinson College, an M.S. degree in Business from Rollins College and has completed the Ph.D. program in Health Management at the UT School of Public Health – Houston campus.
 Sherri Patterson, is the director for research planning in the division.  She manages research information, supports cancer control programs and drafts manuscripts, grants and presentations to support the division’s cancer prevention mission.  Ms. Patterson joined MD Anderson in 1997 in GI Medical Oncology and was recruited to Clinical Cancer Prevention as administrative director in 2004.  In 2008, she joined the division office.  Prior to joining MD Anderson, Sherri was a bench scientist and research lab supervisor at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, NJ.  She is board-certified in medical technology and cytotechnology, received a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Rider University and is completing the M.P.H. degree requirements from the UT School of Public Health.

Centers and Institutes

Behavioral Research Treatment Center

Duncan Family Institute

Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research


Tobacco Treatment Program

ASPIRE (A Smoking Prevention Interactive Experience)