Faculty Educator of the Month: June 2010

Nancy P. Caraway, M.D

Nancy P. Caraway, M.D., Director of the Cytopathology Fellowship Program and Professor in the Department of Pathology, has been named the June 2010 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Dr. Caraway oversees the training in the Cytopathology Fellowship, the largest such fellowship program in the nation. Aspects of the 1-year fellowship program include training in the acquisition of fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy specimens and interpretation of gynecologic and nongynecologic cytology specimens, FNA biopsy specimens, and ancillary studies such as immunohistochemical studies, flow cytometric analysis, and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). Furthermore, Dr. Caraway has supervisory duties regarding rotating fellows, pathology residents, and observers in the cytology section.

Dr. Caraway and StudentAlthough Dr. Caraway’s primary responsibility is patient care, she spends a great deal of time in direct teaching at MD Anderson. This teaching consists of one-on-one interaction with the cytopathology fellows in clinical services triaging and interpreting cytology specimens for optimal patient care. In addition, she gives several didactic lectures on a variety of topics throughout the year to attendees of the Cytopathology Fellowship Conferences and students in the Cytotechnology Program in the MD Anderson School of Health Professions. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Cytotechnology Program and Instructor for the Professional Education for Prevention and Early Detection Colposcopy Module. Furthermore, Dr. Caraway is involved in clinical research, and she has been a research mentor to cytopathology fellows and cytotechnologists, resulting in the publication of more than 15 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.

Over the years, Dr. Caraway has been invited to give lectures and workshops on topics such as urine cytology and FISH, FNA of the thyroid, FNA of lymphoproliferative disorders, and gynecologic cytology at state, national, and international cytopathology meetings.

Dr. Caraway was honored for her educational efforts with the Outstanding Faculty Award Program in Cytotechnology from the School of Health Professions in 2002 and 2009 and the Nursing Professional Development & Education Award in 2003.

Dr. Caraway received her M.D. degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1985. Afterward, she completed a 5-year clinical residency in pathology at Baylor College of Medicine followed by a 1-year Cytopathology Fellowship at MD Anderson. Dr. Caraway joined the MD Anderson faculty in 1991. She is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as Cytopathology.