Faculty Educator of the Month: August 2014

Dr. Adel K. El-Naggar

Dr. Adel K. El-Naggar, Director of the Head and Neck Pathology Fellowship Program and Chief of the Section of Head and Neck Pathology and Professor in the Department of Pathology, has been named the August 2014 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Since his appointment as Director in 2002, Dr. El-Naggar has overseen training of participants in the Head and Neck Pathology Fellowship Program. Fellows in this program participate in consultations at MD Anderson as well as The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston in which they make pathologic diagnoses both using resected specimens and during operations. Furthermore, alongside faculty members, fellows complete research projects that are usually translational, write reports of their research, and make presentations at Head and Neck Pathology clinical planning conferences.

In addition, over the past 2 decades, Dr. El-Naggar has directly supervised 10 postdoctoral research fellows and mentored 5 trainees in the Head and Neck Pathology Fellowship Program. He also has served on seven supervisory committees. From 1987 to 2006, Dr. El-Naggar was a supervisory teacher for 15 students.

Since 2008, Dr. El-Naggar has been an Instructor for the Tumor Heterogeneity and Metastasis course at MD Anderson. In addition, since 1996, he has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pathology at Ein-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt.

Dr. El-Naggar was honored for his professional achievements with the Kenneth D. Muller Endowed Professorship in Cancer Research (1998-present). Earlier this year, he received the Endocrine-Related Cancer Award from the Society for Endocrinology. Dr. El-Naggar also received a Presidential Citation (2007) and the Hayes-Martin Memorial Lectureship (2010) from The American Head and Neck Surgeons. Additionally, he is a Foreign Member of The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg.

Dr. El-Naggar received his M.D. degree from Ein-Shams School of Medicine in 1970 and his Ph.D. from the Department of Immunology, U.S. Naval Research Unit-3 at Ein-Shams School of Medicine in 1978. He completed a residency in clinical pathology at University Hospital in Cairo in 1974, a research fellowship at the research hematology unit of Ein-Shams School of Medicine in 1975, and a doctoral fellowship in the Department of Immunology, U.S. Naval Research Unit-3 in 1978.

Afterward, Dr. El-Naggar came to the United States to continue his training as a senior research fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine and Pathology at the University of New Mexico (1978-1980). Furthermore, he was a research associate in the Department of Microbiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1981-1982) and chief resident at the Institute of Pathology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospital of Cleveland (1982-1986).

In 1986, Dr. El-Naggar made his way to MD Anderson as a fellow in the Department of Pathology. A year later, he was named to the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the department. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991 and Professor in 1995. Also, he was named Chief of the Section of Head and Neck Pathology in 1998.

Dr. El-Naggar is currently a member of the Fellowship Program Committee, Department of Pathology Executive Committee, Institutional Graduate Medical Education Committee, and GME Institutional Review Subcommittee. Since 2009, he has been a consultant for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs’ Lung Cancer Research Program at the Department of Defense.

Since coming to MD Anderson, Dr. El-Naggar has been the principal investigator, a co-investigator, a collaborator, or a core leader for 35 funded research projects. He also was a reviewer on the Lung Research Panel in 2009.

Dr. El-Naggar has been both a prolific writer and editor over the course of his career. Specifically, he has been an associate editor for 17 publications and editor-in-chief for another. He also has been a reviewer for 17 publications. Dr. El-Naggar has written more than 600 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 55 editorials, 14 invited articles, and 10 book chapters.