Faculty Educator of the Month: January 2011

Dr. Russell R. Broaddus

Dr. Russell R. Broaddus, Director of the Cancer Biomarker Pathology Fellowship Program, Co-director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program of MD Anderson and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology, and member of the graduate faculty of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS), has been named the January 2011 Faculty Educator of the Month.

For several years now, Dr. Broaddus has overseen the Cancer Biomarker Pathology Fellowship Program, a 1-year fellowship designed to provide pathology trainees with the microscopic diagnostic and technical skills necessary for identifying clinically useful pathologic biomarkers of cancer. Trainees select specific cancer types and participate in traditional microscopic evaluation of cases. They also receive training in other types of molecular techniques for discovering such biomarkers.

Furthermore, in his role as Co-director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program, Dr. Broaddus oversees students in a 6- to 8-year course of study that makes use of the faculty and facilities at MD Anderson as well as all six schools in The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Students participate in one of two special interest groups—the Cancer Track, which Dr. Broaddus directs, and the Neuro Track—that provide them with in-depth knowledge in oncology and neuroscience, respectively. Students can take part in weekly meetings to discuss biomedical research topics such as the relationship of biomedical research with the clinical aspects of their training. In addition, the students must complete a course on the ethical dimensions of biomedical science that covers the ethical concepts and traditions supporting the science.

Dr. Broaddus is able to work closely with the students in the M.D./Ph.D. Program on their research projects by serving on students’ graduate school committees. This provides him with a wealth of opportunities to interact with students one on one.

Added to his duties within the M.D./Ph.D. Program and MD Anderson, Dr. Broaddus has been a faculty member at the GSBS for a decade. He has been a lecturer for several courses there, including the Cancer Genetic Counseling course for M.S. genetics counselors. Dr. Broaddus has been a frequent lecturer at MD Anderson, as well, speaking on pathology-related topics to both Pathology and Gynecologic Oncology fellows.

During his time at MD Anderson and the GSBS, Dr. Broaddus has served on a large number of students committees. Specifically, he has chaired or been a member of 31 Ph.D. or M.S. advisory committees, 33 graduate student oral examination committees, and 32 graduate student supervisory committees. Also, Dr. Broaddus has directly supervised five undergraduate students, three medical students, four graduate students, four postdoctoral research fellows, and six clinical residents and fellows.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Broaddus has been well recognized for his educational and scientific achievements. In particular, he is the 2010-2013 recipient of the MD Anderson Faculty Scholar Award. Furthermore he received the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award at the GSBS for 2005-2006.

Dr. Broaddus received his M.D. degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Ph.D. degree from the GSBS in 1994. Afterward, he completed his postgraduate training in Anatomic Pathology at the Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals in 1998.

After his postgraduate training, Dr. Broaddus was named Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the Baylor College of Medicine in 1998. In 1999, he joined the MD Anderson faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology. He went on to be named to the GSBS faculty in 2001 and promoted to his current position of Associate Professor at MD Anderson in 2005.

Dr. Broaddus was appointed Co-director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program and named Director of the program’s Cancer Track in 2000. Also, he was named Director of the Cancer Biomarker Pathology Fellowship Program in 2006. Dr. Broaddus has also been Co-director of the MD Anderson Multidisciplinary Gynecological Tumor Bank since 2001, a member of the M.D./Ph.D. Program Committee since 1999, and a member of the MD Anderson Human Biology and Patient-Based Research Ph.D. Training Program since 2005.

Dr. Broaddus has been a principal investigator or co-investigator for nearly 20 grant-funded research projects, including the National Cancer Institute-sponsored SPORE in Uterine Cancer. Also, he has been a grant reviewer for several funding agencies. Over the course of his career, Dr. Broaddus has authored more than 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 8 invited articles, 3 book chapters, and numerous abstracts.