Faculty Educator of the Month: December 2013

Dr. Diane C. Bodurka

Dr. Diane C. Bodurka, Vice President for Medical Education and Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, has been named the December 2013 Faculty Educator of the Month.

As the Designated Institutional Officer and Vice President for Medical Education, Dr. Bodurka oversees medical training program activities designed to ensure that the programs meet the standards of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. In addition, she assists in the formulation of medical education policy, implementation of educational activities designed to retain and develop clinical faculty, and evaluation of medical education programs.

Dr. Bodurka is also heavily involved in the education of young oncologists as Director of MD Anderson’s T32 Institutional Training of Academic Gynecologic Oncologists Grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI). In addition to supervising this grant, she is the Chair of the grant’s Physician-Scientist Research Track Steering Committee, Population-Based Research Track Steering Committee, and Program Steering Committee. Furthermore, Dr. Bodurka is a member of the Internal Advisory Board for the NIH/NCI T32 Multidisciplinary Subspecialty Pathology Research Fellowship Program.

Dr. Bodurka is involved in another major NIH grant at MD Anderson as Co-director of the Career Development Program for the Uterine Specialized Program of Research Excellence. She is a Faculty Member of The Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Training Program, as well. From 2001 to 2012, Dr. Bodurka was the Director of the 4-year Fellowship Training Program in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, which is the largest gynecologic oncology training program in the United States.

In the classroom, Dr. Bodurka has been an Instructor for several Core Curriculum and other institutional courses. She also has been a Lecturer for a long list of courses in a variety of venues.

Many trainees at MD Anderson have benefited from Dr. Bodurka’s supervision over the past 20 years. In particular, she has directly supervised 22 medical students, 9 postdoctoral research fellows, and 4 undergraduate and Allied Health Students. She also has supervised numerous clinical residents and fellows and has been a supervisory teacher for 65 Gynecologic Oncology fellows. Dr. Bodurka currently serves on four mentoring committees, and she has been a Chair for two examining committees.

Dr. Bodurka has been extensively recognized for her academic efforts. Just over the past 6 years, she received the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System (2013), the MD Anderson Distinguished Teaching Professor award (2012), The William Randolph Hearst Foundations Faculty Achievement Award in Education (2011), and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award (2010), and she was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor (Elected) by The University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education (2009). Dr. Bodurka also was named one of the Best Doctors in America from 2005 to 2013, Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors for Cancer from 2008 to 2014, and America’s Top Oncologists from 2009 to 2013.

Dr. Bodurka received her M.D. degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1990. She went on to complete her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (1990-1994), where she was honored as both Administrative Chief Resident and Best Teaching Resident in 1994.

Later in 1994, Dr. Bodurka came to MD Anderson as a Junior Faculty Associate, completing a 2-year fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology. In 1996, she was named Assistant Director of the Graduate Education Training Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and Professor in 2008.

In addition, Dr. Bodurka has served as Program Director for Resident Rotations (1996-2012), Director of the Felix Rutledge Fellow Rotating Resident Program (1996-2012), Co-director of the Ovarian Cancer Screening Clinic (2001-2005), Chair of the Fellowship Planning Committee (2002-2012), Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Rotation for Hematology/Oncology Fellows (2006-2012), Rotation Coordinator for Step-Up Biomedical Engineering/Bioengineering Student Interns (2008-2010), Medical Director for Advanced Practice Nurse Midlevel Providers (2008-2011), and Director of the Health Services Research Program (2010-2013). At present, Dr. Bodurka is also a member of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine Executive Committee and a Designated Institutional Official. Most recently, she earned a graduate certificate in health care management from Rice University.

While at MD Anderson, Dr. Bodurka has been the principal investigator, a co-principal investigator, an investigator, a mentor, a collaborator, or a consultant for 23 funded research projects and 3 funded protocols. Also, she has been a grant reviewer for six agencies.

Dr. Bodurka is a member of the editorial board for Obstetrics and Gynecology International and a reviewer for several other journals. Over the span of her career, Dr. Bodurka has written more than 121 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 27 book chapters, 7 invited articles, and 4 editorials.