Kroll’s commitment to education is reflected in his collaborative approach to sharing knowledge. “My belief is that trust and affection are the foundation of effective teaching: trust and affection between learners and teachers, and trust in and affection for your material,” he says. “To achieve this, one needs integrity, one must read and master information broadly and deeply, one must listen carefully, one must love to share knowledge, and one must be an effective — to the point — communicator.”
Kroll joined MD Anderson in 2008 from Baylor College of Medicine, where he served on the faculty from 1989 to 2007, most recently as an associate professor of medicine and of molecular physiology and biophysics. He continues to hold an appointment as an adjunct professor at Baylor College of Medicine. From 1996 to 2006, he served as an associate professor of biomedical engineering (adjunct) at Rice University.
“I was recruited to MD Anderson Cancer Center to begin a ‘benign hematology’ service,” Kroll says. “My basic research background is in mechanisms of platelet-dependent thrombosis, and my academic clinical niche is hemostasis and thrombosis. Our group’s research activities focus on mechanisms of cancer- and stem-cell transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy, the prevention and treatment of VTE in cancer patients, and mechanisms of cancer-induced thrombosis.”
Before coming to Houston, Kroll served as an instructor in medicine at Harvard University; as a clinical and research fellow at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; and as an assistant instructor in medicine at Brown University, where he also was chief medical resident.
Honors received demonstrate Kroll’s dedication to education. Most recently, he received an Honorary Fellow Award by the Division of Cancer Medicine Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program in June 2017. Other awards include the Leadership in Education Award from the Division of Cancer Medicine in 2013, a Teaching Service of the Year Award from the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program in 2011 and Clinical Leader of the Year in the Division of Internal Medicine in 2012.
The MD Anderson Faculty Educator of the Month program, sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs, recognizes MD Anderson faculty members who demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching.