Faculty Educator of the Month: November 2010

Guillermo Garcia-Manero, M.D.

Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Chief of the Section of Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Professor in the Department of Leukemia and faculty member at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS), has been named the November 2010 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Since 1999, Dr. Garcia-Manero has participated in the training of many young physicians in the Department of Leukemia. In particular, he has been the Program Director for the Advances in Hematological Malignancies course (2002-2003) and for the Advanced Course on Leukemia (2004-2006). He also has been a lecturer for three courses on myelodysplastic syndrome or translational science.

In addition, Dr. Garcia-Manero has been a lecturer at the GSBS, focusing on basic and translational research related to leukemia. Furthermore, from 1999 to 2002, Dr. Garcia-Manero was the instructor for Introduction to Hematological Malignancies, a bimonthly Internal Medicine course for third-year medical students at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Dr. Garcia-Manero has also had significant, direct interaction with trainees in that he has directly supervised 16 clinical residents and fellows, 16 postdoctoral research fellows, 9 undergraduate and Allied Health students, and 5 graduate students. Also, he has served on advisory committees for four MD Anderson trainees.

Outside MD Anderson, Dr. Garcia-Manero has made significant contributions to the education of peers as well as trainees, co-chairing the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2006 and giving numerous presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences and seminars.

Dr. Garcia-Manero has received several high-profile honors for his educational and research work at MD Anderson. Specifically, he is currently the recipient of the Emil J. Frei III Award for Excellence in Translational Research as well as the MD Anderson Faculty Scholar Award. In addition, he was recognized with the Celgene Young Investigator Award for Clinical Research in Hematology (2009), the MD Anderson Physician-Scientist Program Award (2002), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology Career Development Award (2001).

Dr. Garcia-Manero received his M.D. degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Zaragosa in Zaragosa, Spain, in 1991. He completed a Clinical Internship and Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia in 1996 and a Clinical Fellowship, also at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, in 1999. During his fellowship, he was named Chief Fellow in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology (1998-1999).

In 1999, Dr. Garcia-Manero came to Houston when he was named Assistant Professor in the Department of Leukemia at MD Anderson and Assistant Professor in the Division of Oncology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He became a regular member of the GSBS faculty in 2004. Furthermore, Dr. Garcia-Manero was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005, named Chief of the Section of Myelodysplastic Syndromes in 2006, and promoted to his current position of Professor in 2010.

During his time at MD Anderson, Dr. Garcia-Manero has served on many committees and other groups, including the Faculty Senate (2005-present) and the Division of Cancer Medicine Fellowship Committee (2005-present).

Since 1999, Dr. Garcia-Manero has been the principal investigator, a co-investigator, or a collaborator for a large number of research projects and protocols. Additionally, he has served as a grant reviewer on numerous study sections for organizations such as the U54 PRCC/MDACC Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America.

Dr. Garcia-Manero is currently Associate Editor for the journals Leukemia and Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukemia and a reviewer for a long list of journals. Over his career, he has authored more than 230 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 36 invited articles, 8 book chapters, and numerous abstracts.