Faculty Educator of the Month: July 2009

Dr. Sharon H. Giordano

Dr. Sharon H. Giordano, director of the Educational and Training Program, associate professor and internist in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology, has been named the July 2009 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Dr. Giordano plays an important training role in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology. As director of the Educational and Training Program, she oversees all educational activities in the department and has developed the curriculum for these activities. In addition, she devotes time each week to didactic teaching sessions for the trainees in the department.

Dr. Giordano also has been an instructor for the Evidence Based Medicine Workshop (2005 and 2006) and Literature Appraisal Course (2003). Furthermore, she has been an instructor for 15 Medical Oncology Fellows Teaching Sessions over the past two years, for the Advanced Practice Nurse Educational Series (2006 and 2009) and the Medical Oncology Fellows’ Journal Club (2005).

In addition, Dr. Giordano has been a faculty member for the MD Anderson Cancer Center Physicians Network Affiliates Multidisciplinary Planning Teleconference (2006-2008). She was also the meeting chair and an instructor for the Breast Cancer Clinical Research Meeting in 2006 and a faculty member and instructor for the MD Anderson Board Review Course in 2003 and 2004. This year, she will be chairing the breast cancer section of the MD Anderson Board Review Course.

Dr. Giordano has also worked with trainees in a supervisory role, serving as a supervisory teacher for Medical Oncology fellows in the outpatient clinic since 2002, research mentor for eight Medical Oncology fellows, co-mentor for a Department of Defense Postdoctoral Multidisciplinary Research Award recipient and mentor for a Young Investigator Award. Additionally, she has served as a preceptor for multiple Medical Oncology Supervisory Committees. Dr. Giordano also is currently a mentor for a Masters in Clinical Research candidate at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

MD Anderson has honored Dr. Giordano for her contributions to the institution by recognizing her as a Clinical Research/ Psychosocial, Behavioral and Health Services Research Committees Excellent Reviewer in 2006 and 2009. Also, she was named a fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Dr. Giordano received her M.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1996. She then completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (1996-1999) and a clinical fellowship in medical oncology at MD Anderson (1999-2002). Furthermore, in 2004, Dr. Giordano received a Master of Public Health degree in disease control from The University of Texas School of Public Health.

After completing her clinical fellowship, Dr. Giordano joined the MD Anderson faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology. She was named internist and promoted to her current position of associate professor in 2008.

In addition to her education and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Giordano has been the committee vice chair for the MD Anderson Institutional Review Board IV since 2005. In addition, she is a faculty member on the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Steering Committee and a member of the Breast Cancer Guideline Committee.

Outside the institution, Dr. Giordano recently became the MD Anderson representative on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Breast Cancer Guideline Committee and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Aromatase Inhibitor Guideline Committee. She also is the track leader for the ASCO Health Services Program Committee and serves on the ASCO Education Committee.

Over her career at MD Anderson, Dr. Giordano has been the principal investigator or a co-investigator for 11 funded research projects and protocols and a mentor or collaborator for three others. She has current funding as a principal investigator from the National Institutes of Health and American Cancer Society. Also, she has served as a grant reviewer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Currently, Dr. Giordano is an editor for Cancer and the Journal of Clinical Oncology and a reviewer for 14 journals. Since 2002, she has authored just under 50 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, one invited article, 10 editorials, three book chapters, six teaching publications, four letters to the editor and numerous abstracts.