Faculty Educator of the Month: January 2010

Dr. Martin N. Raber

Dr. Martin N. Raber, clinical professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and special advisor for Fellowship Training in the Division of Cancer Medicine, has been named the January 2010 Faculty Educator of the Month.
Dr. Raber has held a variety of educational roles over his career. Most recently, he has served as special advisor for fellowship training in the Division of Cancer Medicine since 2004. Additionally, he works with fellows in the treatment of cancer at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston. Dr. Raber also was special advisor for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief from 2001 to 2004.
Dr. Raber also made significant contributions to the education of trainees at MD Anderson as director of educational programs in the Division of Medicine from 1985 to 1992. At about this same time, he was also deputy head of the Division of Medicine (1986-1992) and director of the Office of Clinical Trials Administration in the division (1986-1995).
Furthermore, Dr. Raber was instrumental in the development of the MD Anderson Physicians Network and a key contributor to the creation of MD Anderson International España in Madrid, Spain. Before joining the MD Anderson faculty, Dr. Raber served as director of house staff training at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston from 1982 to 1985.
In addition to his many educational contributions, Dr. Raber has made significant strides in the clinic. Specifically, was involved in early clinical trials of several drugs currently used to treat cancer. He also has helped develop models for delivery of cancer treatment.
Over his career, Dr. Raber has focused on patients with unknown primary tumors. He is accepted as an authority on this subject, which has been the topic of many of his manuscripts and lectures.
Dr. Raber received his M.D. degree magna cum laude from Catholic University of Louvain in Louvain, Belgium, in 1975. While pursuing his M.D. degree, Dr. Raber completed an internship in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He then went on to complete a residency in the Department of Internal Medicine at Dalhousie University (1975-1978); during his residency, he served as chief medical resident from 1976 to 1977.
In 1978, Dr. Raber came to MD Anderson for a fellowship in the Department of Developmental Therapeutics. In addition, Dr. Raber completed the Executive Development Program at Rice University (1991-1992).
Dr. Raber joined The University of Texas Medical School at Houston faculty in 1980 as an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and was promoted to associate professor in 1984. He then returned to MD Anderson in 1985 as an associate professor in the Division of Medicine. He was promoted to professor in the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology in 1992 and clinical professor in 2002.
Dr. Raber has served as editor, guest editor and Editorial Advisory Board member for the publication Cancer Bulletin and as guest editor and Editorial Advisory Board member for Texas Medicine. He has also served on the editorial advisory boards for Conquest and Oncology and Biotechnology News and as co-chairman of and guest editor for the American College of Physicians Medical Oncology Board Review Course. Over the past three decades, Dr. Raber has authored more than 80 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 23 invited articles, four editorials and 13 book chapters.