Faculty Educator of the Month: October 2009

Dr. Anais Malpica

Dr. Anais Malpica, director of the Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Program, chief of the Section of Gynecologic Pathology and professor (tenured) in the Department of Pathology, has been named the October 2009 Faculty Educator of the Month. 

As director of the one-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Program, Dr. Malpica oversees the education of fellows receiving diagnostic training and performing pathologic research in the field of gynecologic pathology. As part of patient care activities, fellows take part in daily sign-out sessions with staff members in the Section of Gynecologic Pathology. Fellows also assist staff members in preparing cases discussed in the Gynecologic Oncology Planning Clinic and quality assurance program. Furthermore, fellows can choose from a wide range of topics for their research projects. All fellows must complete a one-month rotation in the Section of Cytopathology. 

Dr. Malpica also has participated in education of members of the Department of Pathology during her time as a faculty member there. In addition, she has taken part in supervisory teaching of fellows, residents and visitors in the departments of Pathology and Gynecologic Oncology from 1993 to 1995 and again from 1998 to the present. 

Dr. Malpica’s education efforts have also extended beyond MD Anderson. Specifically, over the past decade, she has been an invited speaker or presenter at more than 70 conferences and meetings throughout the world. 

Dr. Malpica received her M.D. degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas in 1984. She then completed residencies in anatomic pathology at Boston University in 1989 and in anatomic and clinical pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in 1992. Dr. Malpica then came to MD Anderson, where she completed a fellowship in surgical pathology in 1993.

In 1995, Dr. Malpica joined the MD Anderson faculty as an instructor (non-tenure track) in the Department of Pathology. She was promoted to assistant professor (non-tenure track) in 1998, assistant professor (tenure track) in 2000, associate professor (tenure track) in 2001 and professor (tenure track) in 2006. Additionally, she was named director of the Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Program and chief of the Section of Gynecologic Pathology in 2003. 

Currently, Dr. Malpica is a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Department of Pathology and Gynecologic Oncology Research Working Group. 

Under Dr. Malpica’s leadership, the Section of Gynecologic Pathology manages about 4500 cases annually. These cases include 1500 outside referrals, 1500 biopsies, 750 outside consultations and 750 in-house surgical cases. 

Dr. Malpica is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Gynecological Pathology and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She also previously served on the editorial board for the journal Gynecologic Oncology. Furthermore, she is a reviewer for three other journals. Finally, over her postgraduate and professional career, Dr. Malpica has authored 150 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 17 invited articles, six book chapters, one book and numerous abstracts.