Contact Information

The Department of Faculty & Academic Development provides advising & personalized services, training, and programs that support the personal, professional and organizational roles and relationships of our trainees and faculty through the various stages of their careers.

Phone: 713-792-8061
Fax: 713-563-3071

Mailing address:
Faculty & Academic Development 
MD Anderson Cancer Center
PO Box 301407 Unit 1726
Houston, TX 77230-1402

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Advising & Personalized Services
Various members of the staff are available for advising by request. Members of our staff have extensive experience in the following areas, and can put you in contact with appropriate resources as needed:

Meet the Staff

Janis Apted Yadiny, M.L.S. ( is associate vice president of FACE. She has an MLS from McGill University and over 25 years of experience in information access and management, organizational, professional and faculty development, and strategic and planned change in academic, international and corporate institutions. Mrs. Yadiny's previous positions have been with the University of Michigan, the Houston Academy of Medicine - Texas Medical Center Library, McGill University, Royal Society of Medicine in England and the World Health Organization in Switzerland and Tunisia.

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Walter F. Baile, M.D. ( is Professor of Behavioral Science and Psychiatry and Director of the Interpersonal Communication And Relationship Enhancement (I*CARE) program in the Department of FACE. In addition to be a practicing psychiatrist, he heads up the I*CARE educational effort within the Division of Academic Affairs. This consists of the development and dissemination of programs promoting competency in clinician patient communication, conflict resolution and mentoring. Specific activities directed toward this goal include a video based website, a lecture series for fellows on Professionalism and Communication skills and hands on workshops for faculty, fellows and oncology staff. He has been involved on a national level in NCI funded programs in teaching communication skills (Oncotalk and Oncotalk Teach) and the International level, training physicians and other staff in communication skills notably in Italy, Germany and Portugal. He has presented and published widely in the area of clinician patient communication. Video presentations on his I*CARE website received 2010 "People's Telly Award" in three categories: education, training and the highest honor which is the silver People's Telly Award. Dr. Baile is also recipient of the 2010 Lynn Payer award given for Outstanding Contributions to the Literature on the Theory, Practice and Teaching of Effective Health Care Communication and Related Skills by the American Association of Communication in Healthcare and co-recipient of the 2011 John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Communication presented by American Medical Writers Association.

Janet Bruner, M.D. (, Professor of Pathology and former chair of the Department of Pathology for 12 years, joins us as Special Advisor to FACE. Dr. Bruner continues her clinical and other administrative roles in the institution. She has worked with FACE in an ad hoc capacity on the Faculty Leadership Academy and is a member of the Faculty Mentoring Advisory Committee. She is a former member and chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee of MD Anderson Cancer Center. She will work collaboratively with FACE on the above activities and also in efforts aimed at faculty leadership development, in general.

David M. Ford, Ed.D. ( currently serves as Director of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Quality Enhancement Plan and Program Director of Faculty Learning. He also holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment in the School of Health Professions. He joined the department in 2000 and was recognized as MD Anderson Cancer Center Educator of the Year in 2008 and has served as President of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Academy for Health Science Education. Dr. Ford has served as a principal, educator and director of on-line training. He holds superintendent, mid-manager, guidance and teacher certification in Texas and Illinois. He earned a doctorate in education from the University of Houston in Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies in 1993.

Warren L. Holleman, Ph.D. ( is Professor of Behavioral Science and Director of the Faculty Health & Well-Being Program. He and Katrina Allen Wright develop programs that promote the health, well-being, and work-life balance of faculty. These include traditional educational programs such as Grand Rounds lectures, departmental presentations, and workshops and as well as nontraditional endeavors that promote communication, social support, and healthy lifestyles. These include mindfulness training, Tai Chi, yoga, faculty art, happy hours, support groups, and panel discussions on work-life balance. Dr. Holleman also collaborates with other faculty to conduct research on faculty stress, burnout, and well-being.

Catherine D. Kirkwood, M.P.H. (, Project Director, Interpersonal Communication And Relationship Enhancement (I*CARE) program has 35 years of success in the development of educational programs for health care professionals in the Texas Medical Center. She is the former Clinical Education Director for the University of Texas AIDS Education & Training Center (AIDS ETC) for Texas and Oklahoma and Education Manager for The UT MD Anderson Cancer Center's Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources (CIMER) program/Web site She was the Project Director for the International Health and Medical Media (FREDDIE) Award winning program "Important Conversations: Talking with Patients About Complementary Therapies." and the Telly Award winning program "Crossroads" which received two bronze awards in the categories of "Education" and "Training" and the highest award, the Silver People's Telly Award. She is also joint recipient (Walter F. Baile, M.D.) of the John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Biomedical Communication.

Jason Martinez (, Sr. Administrative Assistant to Dr. Walter Baile, the Department of Faculty & Academic Career Enhancement and I*CARE has worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center since 2005. Over the years, he has worked with many faculty members ranging from the director of both the head and neck pathology section and the head and neck subspecialty fellowship program, section chief of Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology and the Chief of the Gynecologic Pathology Section. In October of 2013, Jason joined us from the Department of Pathology where he served as an administrative assistant.

Victoria McDonnell, Dr.P.H. (, Project Director, has nearly 20 years success in higher education, academic health and private industry. She was Director of Marketing and Client Relations at a Houston-based technology company that develops video games for health. While at Baylor College of Medicine she was the Houston-site project manager of an NIH-funded Type 2 diabetes prevention trial and is skilled in focus group development, moderation, facilitation and analyses. Her work at Baylor College of Medicine and as a qualitative research consultant is published in peer-reviewed journals. She is a Certified Practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® Step I and Step II instruments. She earned her master's degree in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University and her doctorate in public health from The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health.

JR Porter, M.S., IDD ( currently serves Project Director supporting the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Quality Enhancement Plan. He joined MD Anderson Cancer Center early in 2001 and worked in the Performance Improvement Department until 20008. He went to work for Baylor College of Medicine on a federal contract developing educational materials for physicians and consumers based on comparative effectiveness research. He returned to MD Anderson Cancer Center in March of 2013. Mr. Porter earned his Master of Science degree from Lamar University and has recently been certified as an Instructional Designer/Developer.

Janice Simon, M.A., CPO® ( is a project director in FACE where she staffs the faculty leadership programs and assists faculty and staff as an in-house professional organizer. She has been at MD Anderson since early 2000. Prior to working at MD Anderson, Ms. Simon worked at a school district as a media coordinator and as a newspaper journalist. She earned her Master of Arts degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
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Brenda Slawson, C.A.P-O.M. (, Program Manager for FACE, has worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center since 2007. In April 2011, she joined us from the department of Pathology where she served as a senior administrative assistant.

Nancy Strange (, Senior Administrative Assistant supporting the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Quality Enhancement Plan, has worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center since 2012. She has served in a variety administrative support positions for the past 20 years. In addition to providing administrative support to Dr. David M. Ford, she coordinates various workshops for the Academy of Teaching and Learning, Classrooms of the 21st Century and QEP Faculty Development.

Robert Tillman, Ph.D. (, Associate Director of Faculty & Academic Career Enhancement, brings a decade of experience in the professional development of students, fellows and faculty. He was most recently Director of Faculty Professional Development at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. He held prior positions directing the Science Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences providing career development for students and postdocs at over 25 academic institutions focused on the greater New York City metropolitan area, and at NYU School of Medicine overseeing the development of the postdoctoral program. He received his Ph.D. in Immunology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
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Katrina Allen Wright, M.B.A. ( Project Director for Faculty Health & Well-Being, holds a masters degree in business administration from Amberton University. Following work in the oil and gas industry, she transitioned to the institution for an opportunity to make more meaningful differences in the lives of people impacted by cancer. For two years and in the absence of a director, she designed and developed programs for faculty members that highlight their professional and personal lives. She now works with Warren L. Holleman, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral Science and Director of the Faculty Health & Well-Being Program. Their goal is to promote more fulfilling and professional and personal lives for faculty member