Faculty Educator of the Month

Dr. Oliver Bogler

Dr. Oliver Bogler, special assistant for educational programs, director of basic research, director of the Brain Tumor Research Center Laboratory Research Subcommittee and associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and associate professor in the Department of Neuro-Oncology, has been named the March 2008 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Dr. Bogler has a multifaceted educational role at MD Anderson as special assistant for educational programs. His duties in this position including overseeing the Odyssey Program, which supports postdoctoral fellows as they begin their careers in cancer research by sponsoring their training and research and facilitating interaction among them and their colleagues. In addition, Dr. Bogler is in charge of the two Outstanding Research Publication Awards, sponsored this year by Nycomed and the Odyssey Program, both of which are given to postdoctoral fellows in recognition of research performed at MD Anderson in the preceding academic year. Dr. Bogler also oversees the MD Anderson Trainee Research Day, held every year as a venue to showcase the best research performed by trainees at every level. Finally, this year Dr. Bogler assumes leadership of the Annual Symposium on Cancer Research, a meeting featuring speakers and poster presenters who deliver their findings on related cancer-specific topics that has been organized and sponsored by MD Anderson for more than 60 years.

Dr. Bogler has worked closely with trainees during his time at MD Anderson, directly supervising eight postdoctoral research fellows and one graduate student. He has also served on five graduate student advisory committees, two supervisory committees and one examining committee. Before coming to MD Anderson, Dr. Bogler was an instructor in four courses and one laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also directly supervised five graduate students, two undergraduate students and one postdoctoral research fellow.

In addition to his direction of the Annual Symposium on Cancer Research, Dr. Bogler has helped organize two major meetings and given presentations at numerous other meetings throughout the world. He has been honored for his research efforts with the Society for Neuro-Oncology Research Excellence Award (1997) and a Cancer Susceptibility Genes and Molecular Carcinogenesis travel award from the American Association for Cancer Research (1996).

Dr. Bogler received his Ph.D. degree in cancer research from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Middlesex Hospital/University College Branch in London, United Kingdom, in 1991. He then went on to complete research fellowships in Neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA, in 1992 and in Brain Tumor Biology at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in San Diego, CA, in 1994.

After completing his postdoctoral training, Dr. Bogler was named assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997. In 2000, he moved on to the Hermlin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, where he was a senior staff scientist in the Department of Neurosurgery. He was later named associate professor in the Department of Pathology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2004.

Dr. Bogler arrived at MD Anderson in 2005 when he was named associate professor in the departments of Neurosurgery and Neuro-Oncology. At the same time, he was appointed director of both basic research in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Brain Tumor Research Center Laboratory Research Subcommittee. Furthermore, Dr. Bogler has been an associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine since 2005. He was named special assistant for educational programs in 2007.

Since 1997, Dr. Bogler has chaired the Communications/Publications Committee of the Society of Neuro-Oncology and served as Webmaster for this organization. Additionally, he serves on several committees at MD Anderson, including the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, Executive Committee of the Brain Tumor Center, Postdoctoral Advisory Committee and Education Council.

Since 2000, Dr. Bogler has been the principal investigator or a co-investigator for numerous funded research projects. He has also been a grant reviewer for several National Institutes of Health study sections, foundations and governmental organizations.

Dr. Bogler currently serves on the editorial board for the journal Neuro-Oncology. Over his career, Dr. Bogler has authored 37 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, four invited articles, three book chapters and several other articles on topics related to the science of neurological malignancies.