Internal Medicine News highlights significant clinical and research accomplishments, as well as employee news, events and recognition. 

Available online and in print. To provide feedback or story ideas, contact Judy Overton, Program Manager, Internal Medicine, at, or 713-792-8031.

Winter 2015

  • Robert Gagel steps down, David Tweardy assumes DoIM leadership role
  • Division celebrates Gagel's leadership
  • Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • A few words from Dr. Tweardy
  • MD Anderson comparative effectiveness research experts receive key training funds
  • A Spotlight on Research
  • Milestones and Achievements
  • Gagel distributes final faculty awards
  • Employee Excellence in Action
  • Powerful patient stories, education key to Anderson Award speaker series
  • Education exchange brings MD Anderson influence to Vietnam
  • DoIM Quality Improvement
  • GIM project squeaks out a "win"
  • Promotions

Summer 2014

  • Ariza-Heredia and Evans win 2014 Cyrus Scholar Awards
  • A Few Words from Dr. Gagel: Transitions in the Division of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine enters the global network
  • 2014 Employee Excellence winners, division head celebrated
  • 2014 Employees of Excellence Awards Nominees
  • An Opportunity to shine a beam of light
  • Kenny Lee pursues new volunteer venture
  • Patient service coordinators offer options to refresh, restore colleagues
  • Williams named 2014 Anderson Idol
  • MD Anderson cycling club supports Texas 4000
  • Team Brazil dazzles at Diversity Festival
  • Shanghai site of SUMO and Ubiquitin conference
  • Milestones and achievements
  • Spotlight on Research
  • Leadership
  • Five DoIM faculty earn Institutional Research grants
  • Promotions

Winter 2014

  • Duvic dominates field of CTCL discover
  • Dermatology research involves cutting edge studies
  • A Few Words from Dr. Gagel -- Why is Dermatology important for the cancer center?
  • Mohs Surgery: 'gold standard of care'
  • Awards, program updates featured at faculty townhall
  • A "rendezvous" improves quality of life
  • Graft-versus-Host Disease: Battle of the cells
  • Milestones and Achievements
  • Spotlight on Research
  • Participants world-wide participate in Cardiology conference
  • Going Green in 2014
  • Promotions

Summer 2013

  • Surprise Ending to 2013 Research Retreat
  • Outstanding Employees share spotlight during first Employee Excellence Awards
  • A Few Words from Dr. Gagel -- The Emergence of DoIM as a Research Division
  • When cancer care hits home
  • Mentoring and New Leadership
  • Milestones and achievements
  • Spotlight on Research
  • Employee Excellence Awards winners exemplify MD Anderson core values
  • Employees of Excellence Awards Nominees
  • Two DoIM researchers grab Trainee Day Awards

Spring 2013

  • MD Anderson Gastroenterologists -- internationally recognized for specialized clinical care
  • MD Anderson Gastroenterologists and their specialties
  • A Few Words from Dr. Gagel -- Cyrus Awards stimulate division research interests
  • Cyrus Awards fund DoIM junior faculty research
  • Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition researchers case broad net
  • Collaborative effort to focus on non-cancer liver diseases
  • 2013 Cyrus Scholar Awards Finalists
  • Nurse Practitioners screen, educate, encourage
  • Passion for numbers and people drives Lilly Mbinglo
  • Milestones and achievements
  • Spotlight on Research
  • Tsai wins Innovator Award
  • DoIM IBT-based researchers collaborate both inside/outside their labs
  • DoIM Research aims to fill Knowledge Gap
  • Sui Zhang wins Distinguished Paper Award
  • Sherrie Flores offers clinical nurse's perspective at workshop
  • Promotions

Winter 2012

  • Infection Control preserves, protects, defends
  • Leendert Keus crafts a study to improve pulmonary patient care
  • A Few Words from Dr. Gagel
  • In His Words -- A visit with Deputy Division Head Dimitrios Kontoyiannis, M.D.
  • Spotlight on Research
  • Hong to deliver January Research Education Series talk
  • Milestones and achievements
  • Culture Committee fosters employee satisfaction, retention
  • Inpatient hospitalists -- team leaders in acute patient care
  • Mentoring throughout the division -- Faculty and classified mentors offer guidance, encouragement
  • The Utrecht/Urbana "invasion" -- New faculty bring key research and personnel to institution
  • Jackie Garcia -- New department administrator of Symptom Research
  • Internal Medicine departments sponsor key 2013 conferences
  • Faculty members celebrated at townhall

Summer 2012

  • Cardiac Catheterization Lab reaches milestone
  • CPR expertise important for well-being of patients, visitors, employees
  • A Few Words from Dr. Gagel
  • MD Anderson instructor earns Bone Disease retreat award
  • Tsai and Lu net Cyrus Awards
  • Decision Support Lab earns awards
  • Milestones and Achievement
  • Nyma Shah transitions to new role
  • A visit with Deputy Division Head Ellen Manzullo
  • Roach named a finalists in top nursing award
  • Cardiology CPRIT study targets Topoisomerase II beta
  • From Tel Aviv to Texas: Sara Peleg to retire after successful career
  • Division offers mentoring sessions

Spring 2012

  • Pulmonary Medicine Research pursues discoveries in lab and clinical settings
  • A Few Words from Dr. Gagel
  • Thoracentesis Clinic provides a breath of fresh air
  • Milestones and Achievements
  • Spotlight on Research
  • Weight weighs in on cancer diagnosis and diabetes
  • Team Blue Ribbon recruits record number 
  • Promotions

Winter 2011

  • Endocrine Research: Novel approaches, exciting results
  • A few words from Dr. Gagel: Quality Improvement in the division
  • Nikia Hubert is ... I Am MD Anderson
  • New Leadership
    • Manzullo named deputy division head
    • Helmke accepts division administrator role
    • Bashoura appointed medical center director
    • Atkinson named medicine department administrator
  • Milestones and Achievements
  • Spears nominated for Rogers Award
  • Quality Improvement essential for excellent patient care
  • Spotlight on Research
  • Novel technology undermines infection
  • Recent Happenings
    • Recipe for a creative Fall Festival costume
  • Endocrine Clinic team treats thyroid cancer survivors
  • Sesame Street theme carries food drive theme
  • Upcoming events

Summer 2011

  • Cleeland leads effort to tackle toxicity from cancer treatments
  • Two division groups rank high in US News and World Report Survey
  • Investigators and physician-scientists attend Bone Disease Program of Texas retreat
  • A few words from Dr. Gagel: Division's 10th anniversary
  • Clinical Research coordinators team up to collect symptom data
  • Recent Happenings:
    • 2011 Research Retreat
    • Festival focuses on openness and trust sprinkled with fun
  • New Leadership
    • Kontoyiannis new deputy division head
    • Helmke and Evans temporarily take on dual roles
  • Team Dermatology accepts BeFit pedometer challenge
  • Promotions
  • Spotlight on Research
  • Milestones and Achievements

Spring 2011

  • Meet microbial sleuth Dr. Sam Shelburne
  • A few words from Dr. Gagel: Mentoring
  • New Bone Healthcare Program launches
  • Diabetes consults offered same day or next day
  • New Leadership
    • New Emergency Medicine chair recruited from Albert Einstein College
    • Endoscopy Center gets new medical director
  • Recent Happenings:
    • New Cancer Symptom Science book, first of its kind
    • Interventional Pulmonology in Cancer Patients course held February 10-12
  • Milestones and achievements
  • Promotions
  • Division honors two clinicians
  • Honoring MD Anderson's only diabetes educator

Fall 2010

  • New department, Emergency Medicine, launches in the Division of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine sub-specialties ranked among best in the nation
  • Going ape over Cardiology
  • Pacemaker and Defibrillator Clinic moves to Cardiopulmonary Center
  • Thoracentesis Clinic coming soon
  • A few words from Dr. Gagel: Mentoring
  • The First International Conference on Cancer and the Heart
  • New leadership - Internal promotions for two department administrators
  • Recent Happenings:
    • Bone Disease Program of Texas honored by National Osteoporosis Foundation
    • Bone Disease Program of Texas raises $10 million for research
    • Gerald P. Bodey Sr., M.D., Distinguished Professor Lecture Series
    • Record participation at annual Research Retreat
    • Discovery Festival brings division together
  • Milestones and achievements
  • Spotlight on research
  • Applauding our outstanding nurses
  • Promotions

Spring 2010

  • How the clinical centers thrive in the challenging economic climate
  • A few words from Dr. Gagel
  • Internal Medicine division administrator retires
  • Cardiac catheterization lab focuses on patient safety, satisfaction
  • New clinical administrative director in the Cardiopulmonary Center, Jeremy Viles
  • Infectious Diseases offers hepatitis C clinic
  • Lopa Mishra, new chair of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Upcoming and past events
  • Research and grants
  • Milestones and achievements, new hires and promotions

Summer 2009

  • The 2009 Division of Internal Medicine Research Retreat and Cyrus Award Finals
  • The Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Disease Program of Texas 7th Annual Scientific Retreat
  • Road to Resilience: The Division of Internal Medicine 2009 Employee Recognition Event
  • Terry Rice, MD, New CMD of Emergency Center
  • Carmen Gonzalez, MD, Section Chief, Emergency Care, Focuses on Faculty
  • Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders Celebrates National Osteoporosis Awareness Month
  • Noteworthy: Georgie Eapen, MD: Serving Our Patients, Serving Our Country

Spring 2009

  • Jim Yeung, MD, PhD, Awarded $7.2 Million Susan G. Komen Promise Grant
  • Edward T. H. Yeh, MD, Awarded $1 Million NIH R01 Grant
  • Eastern Pain Association Confers Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles Cleeland, PhD
  • Issam I. Raad, MD, and Colleagues Receive 2009 Sepsis Specialty Award
  • MD Anderson Infection Control Practitioners Receive 2009 APIC Heroes of Infection Prevention Award
  • New Technology in Cardiopulmonary Center Enables Safe, Early Diagnosis of Peripheral Lung Lesions
  • Manoop S. Bhutani, MBBS, Selected Eminent Scientist of the Year 2008 by IRPC
  • Thyroid Nodule Clinic Opens March 13
  • Thyroid Cancer Survivorship Clinic Opens January 30
  • The Bone Disease Program of Texas Gets Revised Name, Updated Logo, and New Program Director
  • Noteworthy: Praise for Sean Purnell, Pulmonary Technologist, Cardiopulmonary Center

Summer 2008    

  • GIM, AT & EC: Creating Innovative Solutions to Improve Patient Care
  • Symptom Research Awarded NIH P01 Grant
  • The Cardiopulmonary Center Expands Services and Facilities
  • New Section of Benign Hematology Established
  • The 2008 Division of Internal Medicine Research Retreat
  • Internal Medicine Improves and Expands its Grand Rounds Program
  • The Echocardiography Laboratory Earns the Triple Crown of ICAEL Accreditation
  • Sleep Center Earns Accreditation from American Board of Sleep Medicine
  • DoIM Answers the Call to Improve Customer Service
  • Noteworthy: Bobby Reyes Honored by Alma Mater

January-March 2008 

  • Battling Hyperglycemia in Cancer Patients
  • Endocrine Neoplasia & HD Expands Pituitary Program
  • Clinical Administrative Director and Research Director Join DoIM
  • Roberto Adachi, MD, Confirms Synaptotagmin-2 Hypothesis Through Collaboration
  • Infection Control Practitioners Play a Key Role in Stopping a National Serratia Outbreak
  • Houston CERT Works to Improve Patient-Provider Communication
  • The Cardiopulmonary Center Earns ICAVL Accreditation
  • Conference Coverage
  • Noteworthy: A Good Deed Goes Around the World

Winter 2007

  • Charles Cleeland, PhD, Leads National Effort to Quantify Symptom Reporting
  • Aarif Khakoo, MD, MBA, Becomes First MD Anderson Faculty Member to Receive Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Award
  • Six Women, Three Men Join DoIM Faculty
  • Pulmonary Medicine and Endocrine Neoplasia & HD Host Investigators from Sister Institution Yonsei University Medical Center
  • Serving the Underserved: Doing Well by Doing Good
  • DoIM Dominates the 2nd Annual Clinical Safety & Effectiveness Awards
  • Noteworthy: A Journey to Citizenship

August 2007

  • ID, IC & EH Expands Clinical Services and Programs
  • Awards and Cutting-edge Research in ID, IC & EH
  • The Bone Histomorphometry Core Opens for Business May 1
  • Javier Adachi, MD, Organizes First Peruvian Infections in Cancer Symposium
  • IVR Systems: Real-time Symptom Assessment
  • Faculty to Participate in Anderson Network Conference
  • DoIM Faculty Presentations at 43rd Annual ASCO Meeting

June 2007

  • The 2007 Division of Internal Medicine Research Retreat
  • The Emergency Center Rings In a New Era
  • Evidence for Targeted Therapy Side Effect Management
  • International Panel Issues First Guidelines for Cardiac Monitoring
  • The 2007 Michael and Mariet Cyrus Scholar Awards
  • Rena Vassilopoulou-Sellin, MD, Authors Groundbreaking Book
  • Good Things Come in Threes: The DoIM 2007 Diversity Festival

April 2007

  • Stem Cells Mend a Broken Heart
  • Improving Patient Symptom Assessment: MDASI-HF
  • Cardiology and Oncology Partnership: Bridging the Gaps to Improve Patient Outcomes. February 22-23, 2007
  • CONQUER Cancer: Meeting on Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease
  • MAYO - MD Anderson Symposium: Diabetes in People with Serious Illnesses: Beyond Sick Day Guidelines. February 23-24, 2007
  • The 2007 Michael and Mariet Cyrus Scholar Awards

Fall 2006

  • Expanding Interdisciplinary Care for Cancer Patients with Concomitant Rheumatic or Autoimmune Disease
  • First Sleep Center in a US Cancer Hospital
  • Early Intervention Key for Kidney Problems
  • MAYO - MD Anderson Symposium: Diabetes in People with Serious Illnesses: Beyond Sick Day Guidelines. February 23-24, 2007
  • Cardiology and Oncology Partnership: Bridging the Gaps to Improve Patient Outcomes. February 22-23, 2007

Summer 2006

  • Division of Internal Medicine Research Retreat
  • Conference: Symptoms as Outcome Measures in Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Conference Recap: Third International Conference on Ubiquitin, Ubiquitin-Like Proteins and Cancer

Winter 2006 

  • Pulmonary Medicine on the Move
  • EC Lab Turnaround Project Team - January's Patient Safety Champs
  • Conference Recap: Infections in Cancer Symposium

Winter 2005

  • Strengthening the Commitment to Prevent and Treat Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Research Spotlight: Department of Symptom Research
  • Conference Spotlight: Oncologic Emergencies (Jan. 20-21, 2006) 
  • Conference Spotlight: Third International Conference on Ubiquitin, Ubiquitin-Like Proteins and Cancer, Feb. 9-11, 2006

Fall 2005

  • Dermatology Offers New Services
  • Research Spotlight

Summer 2005

  • Multidisciplinary Research Programs
  • Conference Spotlight
  • Spring 2005 Service Award

Spring 2005

  • Faculty Spotlight: Mary Ann Weiser, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Applauding Our APNs and PA

Fall 2004

  • Dr. Steven Sherman Establishes Clinical Trials for Thyroid Cancer
  • Welcoming the Department of Symptom Research
  • Physician Scientist Award

Summer 2004

  • Outstanding Inventor of the Year Award - Dr. Issam Raad
  • The Bone Disease Program of Texas
  • The Suspicion of Cancer Program