Faculty Educator of the Month: December 2012

Gary E. Gallick, Ph.D.

Gary E. Gallick, Ph.D., Director of Education and Professor in the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology and Director of the Program in Cancer Metastasis at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS), has been named the December 2012 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Dr. Gallick provides advice to junior faculty in the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology in his role as Director of Education, helping them to develop research projects. Furthermore, since 1990, Dr. Gallick has participated in several faculty mentoring programs at MD Anderson. In addition, he has been an instructor in the Core Curriculum for Clinical Fellows for the better part of 2 decades.

In 2007, Dr. Gallick had a major hand in changing how graduate education is carried out at the institutional level by recommending the creation of the Graduate Education Committee, for which he was the first chairman. Members of this committee seek to improve recruitment of excellent graduate students, foster a high-quality training environment, and enhance participation in and recognition of graduate education by MD Anderson faculty.

At the GSBS, Dr. Gallick has been an educational innovator as Director of the Program in Cancer Metastasis, which was funded by The University of Texas Regents and is the first academic program in the world to look at metastasis as a standalone area of study and to give trainees the opportunity to investigate metastasis scientifically, translationally, and clinically. He also has been instrumental in designing and teaching many courses at the GSBS. Currently, he is the coordinator for four GSBS courses.

Dr. Gallick also has had extensive supervisory and mentoring experience throughout his career. For example, he has been a research mentor for 45 medical or graduate students, research fellows, and clinical residents and fellows. Also, he has been a tutorial supervisor for 47 students and has directly supervised 8 undergraduate and Allied Health students. Dr. Gallick has served on 187 advisory committees, 163 supervisory committees, and 142 examining committees.

This year alone, Dr. Gallick was honored several times for his educational contributions, as he was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor and received the MD Anderson Faculty Achievement Award in Education, GSBS Regent’s Outstanding Teacher Award, and William Randolph Hearst Foundations Faculty Achievement Award in Education. His other awards have included the Gerald P. Bodey Award for Excellence in Education (2011), the Distinguished Research Faculty Mentor Award (2010), the Medallion for Education from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2007), and membership in The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education (2007).

Dr. Gallick received his Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981. He then came to MD Anderson, where he completed a fellowship in the Department of Virology in 1984.

After his fellowship, Dr. Gallick was named a Research Associate in the Department of Tumor Biology (now Cancer Biology). He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1986, Associate Professor in 1991, and Professor in 2001. He was named Professor in his current department in 2008. He has been the Director of the GSBS Program in Cancer Metastasis since 2009 and Director of the Core Curriculum for the GSBS Graduate Program in Cancer Biology since 1995.

Since 2003, Dr. Gallick has been the principal investigator, a project leader, a co-investigator, a collaborator, or a mentor for 21 grant-funded research projects and protocols. He also has been a grant reviewer for a long list of agencies. Furthermore, he is a co-holder of two patents.

At present, Dr. Gallick serves on the editorial review boards for four journals. Over the past several years, he also has been a reviewer for 66 journals. Since he began his career, Dr. Gallick has authored more than 130 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 17 invited articles, 9 book chapters, and 4 editorials.

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