Faculty Educator of the Month: October 2010

Vicente Valero, M.D.

Vicente Valero, M.D., Clinical Director of The Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program and Clinic, Deputy Chairman of the Department of Breast Medical Oncology, Professor in the departments of Breast Medical Oncology and General Oncology, and Professor of Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, has been named the October 2010 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Over the past several years, Dr. Valero has been quite active as an educator in the Medical Oncology Continuing Clinic for Fellows both at the MD Anderson Breast Center and at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. Specifically, he has instructed fellows and medical oncology and internal medicine residents on topics in the field of oncology. In addition, Dr. Valero has been very involved in the education of young clinicians by serving as a mentor in the Medical Oncology Fellowship and Educational Program, a 3-year program designed to prepare oncologists for careers in academics. In this program, he both supervises fellows and designs training programs for them. Furthermore, Dr. Valero is heavily involved in educating students at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he provides instruction in oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Valero is also a popular and highly sought-after speaker for local, national, and international meetings, having given more than 250 presentations worldwide. A stated goal of Dr. Valero’s efforts in this area is his belief that sharing all aspects of breast cancer knowledge with other treating physicians and health care providers and educating the public about this disease may translate into improved prevention, early detection, and treatment of it.

Dr. Valero has also participated in the training of young oncologists in a more personal setting. In particular, he has supervised 23 clinical residents and fellows and has been a supervisory teacher for 3 graduate students. Also, Dr. Valero has served on four advisory committees, two of which he chaired.

Dr. Valero was honored for his educational efforts with the Gerald P. Bodey Award for Excellence in Education in 2007 and the MD Anderson Division of Medicine Teacher of the Year award in 1996-1997 and 1993-1994. He has also been recognized for his clinical achievements, as he has been named one of America's Top Oncologists (Consumers' Research Council of America, 2008-present), Houston's Top Doctors (H Texas magazine, 2006-present), Best Doctors in America (www.bestdoctors.com, 2006-present), America’s Top Doctors (Castle Connolly Medical, 2006-present), and Texas Super Doctors (Texas Monthly, 2005-present).

Dr. Valero received his M.D. degree from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Medicina in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1980. He went on to complete his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, OH, and the Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine in Rootstown, OH.

After completing fellowships in Hematology-Medical Oncology at the University of Cincinnati and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), Dr. Valero was named Assistant Professor of Medicine at UTMB in 1988. He then served as a hematologist/oncologist at Texas Oncology and Valley Oncology from 1989 to 1991.

In 1991, Dr. Valero came to MD Anderson as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine in 1997 and Professor of Medicine in 2002. In addition, he was named Professor of Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 2003, Deputy Chairman of the Department of Breast Medical Oncology and Professor in the Department of General Oncology in 2008, and Clinical Director of The Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program and Clinic in 2010.

Dr. Valero was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians in 2001. Additionally, he is a member of the Cancer International Research Group Scientific Advisory Board and Scientific Committee, the Southwest Oncology Group Committee on Special Populations, the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project Foundation Research Program Steering Committee, the Breast Committee Working Group, and the Advisory Board for the Escuela de Medicina del Tecnologico de Monterrey.

Furthermore, Dr. Valero is the National Institutes of Health/National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project Medical Oncology co-principal investigator for MD Anderson. He also has been the principal investigator, a co-investigator, or a collaborator for 40 funded research protocols and protocols

Over the past 2 decades, Dr. Valero has served on the editorial boards for three journals and been a reviewer for nine others. Over the span of his career, Dr. Valero has authored more than 180 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 18 invited articles, 14 book chapters, 8 other articles, and 4 editorials.