The Breast Medical Oncology department has missions of research, patient care, education and prevention for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer in addition to training the next generation of physicians, clinicians and clinical scientists for cancer research.
Along with clinical research initiatives, we strive to understand the biology and development of breast cancer through basic and translational science, bringing new knowledge in disease prevention and treatment into our patient care in the Nellie B. Connally Breast Center.
Our Vision: To be the premier breast cancer research center by enhancing research on cancer prevention, developing innovative therapies based on hypothesis-driven basic/translational/clinical research, and nurturing a new generation of oncology investigators.
Our Mission: To reduce the suffering of breast cancer patients, provide new knowledge through research, clinical care, cancer prevention and education and outreach with the ultimate goal of eliminating breast cancer.
Survivorship Research Program and Clinic
Carlos Barcenas, M.D., Director
The Breast Cancer Survivorship Program focuses on the medical and psychosocial needs of breast cancer survivors. The Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic works with other disciplines to provide personalized, evidence-based survivorship care plans to improve health, quality of life and clinical outcomes for our cancer patients and their families. Our research focus is on reducing the negative consequences of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and improving breast cancer long-term outcomes.
High Risk Screening and Genetics Clinic
Banu Arun, M.D., Director
The High-Risk Breast Screening and Genetics Clinic serves patients with increased risk of breast cancer due to a hereditary cancer syndrome, family history and/or personal risk factors. A multidisciplinary team of physicians and genetic counselors work with patients to assess hereditary cancer risk and discuss genetic testing options with the goal of providing individualized cancer screening and prevention recommendations.
Fertility and Pregnancy
Jennifer Litton, M.D., Director
Our faculty, in concert with other Breast Center faculty, provide multidisciplinary care for women diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy. We have been on the forefront of research in breast cancer treatment during pregnancy since the 1980s. Our team includes a reproductive endocrinologist to aid with fertility counseling both before and after cancer treatment.
Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program and Clinic
Naoto T. Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director
Vicente Valero, M.D., Clinical Research Director
Our faculty collaborate with the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program and IBC Clinic to provide clinical oncology expertise to patients with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) including a portfolio of novel clinical trials unique to these patients. Moreover, our translational and basic science researchers are engaged in efforts to understand the biology of the disease and to identify potential therapeutic targets.
Clinical Research and Drug Development
Stacy L. Moulder, M.D., MSCI, Section Chief
Clinical research and drug development are integral to achieving our mission. This section participates in drug discovery and development through research studies with human subjects that are designed to answer specific questions about dosing, safety and efficacy.
Basic and Translational Breast Cancer Research
Naoto T. Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., Section Chief
The Section of Basic and Translational Breast Cancer Research are shared resources platforms supporting the efforts of physician scientists and clinically-oriented basic researchers focused on hypothesis-driven research. The section includes a preclinical development core that provides services to investigators interested in novel agents. Principal investigators include: Banu Arun, M.D., Ph.D., Chandra Bartholomeusz, Ph.D., Bedrich Eckhardt, Ph.D., Ana Gonzalez-Angulo, M.D., Ph.D., and Naoto Ueno, M.D., Ph.D.
Jennifer Litton, M.D.
Our department offers educational opportunities for trainees at all experience levels. Through various programs, department faculty oversee the training of medical and surgical oncology fellows, internal medicine residents and pharmD residents. We also facilitate various observership programs for undergraduate and foreign trainees as well as post-doctoral fellowship training.
Breast Medical Oncology
1155 Pressler St.
Houston, TX 77030-3721
Breast Medical Oncology, Unit 1354
PO Box 301439
Houston, TX 77230-1439