Faculty Educator of the Month: March 2013

Dr. Richard Theriault

Dr. Richard Theriault, Professor in the departments of Breast Medical Oncology and Critical Care Medicine, has been named the March 2013 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Dr. Theriault has made diverse educational contributions during his time at MD Anderson. For example, he has been a facilitator for the course Evidence Based Health Care and a facilitator in the Research Education Series for advanced practice nurses; a clinical teacher for the Japanese Medical Exchange and TeamOncology programs, advanced practice nurses, and Medical Oncology fellows; and a presenter on topics in clinical ethics for mid-level practitioners. He also has been a lecturer for courses on clinical research ethics at MD Anderson and The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston.

In addition, Dr. Theriault has had varied roles as a supervisor of trainees here. For example, he has been a mentor for 20 trainees in the Japanese TeamOncology Program, served as a supervisory teacher for 46 clinical residents and fellows and medical students, and taken part in 3 fellowship committees.

Outside of MD Anderson, Dr. Theriault is currently a trainer in the Japanese TeamOncology Leadership Academy and J-HOPE Clinical Research Skill Advancement Workshop, both in Tokyo. Also, he has delivered presentations and spoken at a long list of conferences and seminars throughout the world.

Dr. Theriault was recognized for his educational efforts in 2010 when he was nominated for the MD Anderson Recognized Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award. He also has been among the Best Doctors in America since 2002, received an honorary doctor of science degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002, and was a Physician Honoree for the Pink Ribbons Project in 2008-2009.

Dr. Theriault received his D.O. degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1973. He went on to complete a rotating internship at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital in St. Louis in 1974 and residencies in internal medicine at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital (1976) and Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa (1977).

After his postgraduate training, Dr. Theriault served as an Instructor (1978-1981) and Assistant Professor (1981-1982) at St. Louis University School of Medicine and Assistant Professor (1981-1983) at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1983, Dr. Theriault came to MD Anderson, where he completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology in 1985 while serving as a Faculty Associate in the Department of Clinical Immunology and Biological Therapy.

Dr. Theriault returned to Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine after his fellowship, where he was an Associate Professor. In 1987, he came back to MD Anderson as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and Professor in 1999. In addition, he received his joint appointment as a Professor in the Section for Integrated Ethics and the Clinical Ethics Service in the Department of Critical Care Medicine in 2009.

Besides serving on the MD Anderson faculty, Dr. Theriault has been the Quality Officer for Performance Improvement in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief since 2009 and the Chair for the Strategic Planning Committee for the Department of Breast Medical Oncology since 2012.

Since 1988, Dr. Theriault has been a principal investigator, co-investigator, or collaborator for nine funded research projects. Additionally, he is the principal investigator for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Breast Cancer Outcomes Project Database at MD Anderson. Dr. Theriault also has been a reviewer for grant study sections in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom.

Currently, Dr. Theriault is a guest editor for Breast Diseases: A Yearbook Quarterly and serves on the editorial board for The American Journal of Oncology Review. He also is a reviewer for several other publications. Over the course of his career, Dr. Theriault has authored more than 180 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 56 invited articles, 49 book chapters, 15 teaching publications, and 1 book.

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