Advisory Committee

Janis Apted

Janis Apted, MLS, is associate vice president of faculty development at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Programs she oversees include the faculty leadership development program, the junior faculty development program, the faculty mentoring initiative, I*CARE (Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement Program), organizing and productivity services, and Classrooms of the 21st Century. She has worked in health care, higher education, and international development in Canada, England, Switzerland, Tunisia, and India.



Peggy Engram

Peggy Engram, PhD, is associate dean, College of Public Service, and an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston-Downtown.






Stacie House

Stacie House, MPH, CCRP is a Sr. Research Coordinator in the Texas Children’s Cancer Center. As a research coordinator, Stacie orchestrates clinical research activities that look at the qualitative outcomes and of effects of children and adolescents receiving chemotherapy.





Leslie Kian

Leslie Kian, MBA, CPHIMS, is project director of quality measurement in the Office of Performance Improvement at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He serves on the MD Anderson Physician Network Quality Management Committee, Clinical Ethics Committee, Clinical Operations Information Technology Workgroup, Clinical Effectiveness Committee, and the Institutional Diversity Council.





Curtis Pettaway, M.D.

Curtis Pettaway, MD, is professor of urology and cancer biology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and founder of a program that provides free prostate cancer education and screening to indigent minority populations. The goals of his research are to (a) further define host and molecular markers of prostate cancer progression, (b) develop novel therapeutic strategies to cure locally advanced disease, and (c) to reduce disparities in prostate cancer outcomes.




Richard Pitre

Richard Pitre, PhD, CPA, has taught accounting for more than 40 years and has more than 30 years of experience as a CPA practitioner. In addition to teaching financial accounting, he teaches ethics to university students and to practicing certified public accountants. He has published on such topics as ethics, curriculum integration, environmental cost liability, managed care, hospital effectiveness, information system liability, and organizational behavior in refereed journals.




Alyssa Rieber, M.D.Alyssa Rieber, MD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of General Oncology of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She served as the chief oncology fellow at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, which led to an academic appointment serving in the Lyndon B. Johnson General Oncology Program in 2008. She is devoted to providing MD Anderson-quality cancer care to the underserved and uninsured population of Harris County.