Faculty Educator of the Month: July 2013

Naoto T. Ueno, M.D., Ph.D.

Naoto T. Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director of the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program and Clinic, Nylene Eckles Distinguished Professor of Breast Cancer Research, Chief of the Section of Translational Breast Cancer Research, and Professor with Tenure in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology, has been named the July 2013 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Dr. UenoA regular member of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS) faculty since 1999, Dr. Ueno is currently active in training young physicians and scientists in the classroom. Specifically, he is an Instructor for the Cancer Biology Program. He also was an Instructor for the Molecular Principles of Virology course. Dr. Ueno also has taught outside of MD Anderson and the GSBS as a Lecturer for two courses in 2008 and 2011: one at Wakayama Medical College and the other at Keio University.

During his time at MD Anderson and the GSBS, Dr. Ueno has been active in supervising several trainees and students. In particular, he has directly supervised 2 medical students, 13 graduate students, 20 postdoctoral research fellows, and 6 clinical residents and fellows. Moreover, he was a mentor or research mentor for 12 of these individuals. In addition, Dr. Ueno has served on nine advisory committees and five supervisory committees; he chaired two of these committees and was a mentor, research mentor, or secondary mentor for five of them.

Outside of MD Anderson and the GSBS, Dr. Ueno has had extensive experience in directly supervising trainees in the Japanese TeamOncology Program. Currently, he is a mentor for 66 participants in the program. He also directly supervises three medical students, three graduate students, and two clinical residents and fellows other than those at MD Anderson and the GSBS.

Dr. Ueno has been in demand as a speaker or presenter at numerous meetings throughout the world. Furthermore, he has held several lectureships and visiting professorships.

This year, Dr. Ueno received The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. He also was recently recognized for his mentoring contributions with a nomination for the MD Anderson Distinguished Faculty Mentoring Award, and he received Second Prize for Mentoring as part of the Amgen Basic Research Award in 2011. Furthermore, Dr. Ueno is a recipient of the Waun Ki Hong Award for Excellence in Team Science. Dr. Ueno received the Nylene Eckles Distinguished Professorship of Breast Cancer Research in 2012.

Dr. Ueno received his M.D. degree from Wakayama Medical College in Wakayama, Japan, in 1989 and his Ph.D. degree in cancer biology from the GSBS in 1999. Upon receiving his medical degree, Dr. Ueno completed a rotating clinical internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan (1990). Afterward, he came to the United States, where he completed a clinical internship in internal medicine at Montefiore University Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA (1991); a clinical residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1993); and a clinical fellowship in medical oncology and blood and marrow transplantation at MD Anderson (1996).

The year he completed his fellowship, Dr. Ueno joined the MD Anderson faculty as an Instructor in the Department of Hematology. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy in 1998, Associate Professor in 2004, Professor in 2009, and Professor with Tenure in 2011. Also, Dr. Ueno served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology from 1999 to 2006 and an Associate Professor in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology from 2007 to 2009.

Additionally, Dr. Ueno was appointed Executive Director of the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program and Clinic and Chief of the Section of Translational Breast Cancer Research in 2011. Also, he was the Director of the Breast Cancer Translational Research Laboratory from 2002 to 2004.

In his career as a researcher, Dr. Ueno has been the principal investigator, a co-investigator, a mentor, a co-leader, a collaborator, or a project member for 36 grant-funded research projects and the principal investigator for 15 funded protocols. In addition, he has served on several study sections as a grant reviewer. Dr. Ueno also holds four patents and one technology license.

Dr. Ueno is currently the chief editor for a magazine for the MD Anderson Medical Exchange Program and for the breast cancer section of the MD Anderson Monograph series. He is also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and a reviewer for several journals and the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Over the past 2 decades, Dr. Ueno has written nearly 180 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 5 invited articles, 6 editorials, and 19 book chapters.