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Advisory Committee to the Texas Cancer Registry Members

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Our mission is to advise and support the

Texas Cancer Registry in achieving its mission.


Our vision is to contribute significantly to the knowledge

of cancer for use in improving the health of Texans.

 ACTCR Officers:

ACTCR Officers
Kelly Willis Merriman, M.P.H., Ph.D., C.T.R.
ACTCR Chair
Director, Tumor Registry
Department of Tumor Registry
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
TBD, ACTCR Vice-Chair / Chair-Elect 

 ACTCR Members:

ACTCR Members
David Auzenne, M.P.H.

Director, Community Health Services Section
Division for Family and Community Health Services
Texas Department of State Health Services

Sandra Balderrama, M.P.A.
Senior Advisor to the Executive Director 
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

Theresa L. Byrd, R.N., Dr.P.H. 
Associate Dean and Chair, Department of Public Health
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Lewis Foxhall, M.D. 
Vice President of Health Policy and Associate Professor 
Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine
The University of Texas Medical School
Council Member, State Health Services Council
Texas Department of State Health Services

Sharon H. Giordano, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Health Services Research
Chair, Ad Interim, Health Disparities Research
Professor, Breast Medical Oncology
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

James S. Goodwin, M.D.
Vice President and Chief Research Officer
George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair 
in Geriatric Medicine
Director, Sealy Center on Aging
The University of Texas Medical Branch

Daikwon Han, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor 
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics   
School of Public Health   
Texas A&M University

Philip J. Lupo, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Section of Hematology-Oncology
Texas Children's Cancer Center
Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine

Zuber D. Mulla, M.S.P.H., Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Assistant Academic Dean, Office of Faculty Development
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Debra Patt, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Physician, Medical Oncology and Hematology 
Texas Oncology Cancer Center
Medical Director, Healthcare Informatics and
Pathways Task Force, U.S. Oncology 
Chair, Cancer Committee, Texas Medical Association
Board Member, Breast Cancer Resource Center
Chair, Breast Cancer Subcommittee
Seton Family of Hospitals

Sandi L. Pruitt, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research
Department of Clinical Sciences
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Amelie Ramirez, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director, Institute for Health Promotion Research
Dielmann Chair in Health Disparities Research and Community Outreach; Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Endowed Chair in Cancer Health Care Disparities
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Michael E. Scheurer, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Director, EpiCenter at Texas Children's Cancer and
Hematology Centers
Director, Population Sciences Biorepository
Baylor College of Medicine

Sanjay Shete, Ph.D.
Genetic Epidemiologist, Department of Biostatistics 
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Elizabeth Sjoberg, R.N., J.D. 
Associate General Counsel 
Texas Hospital Association

V.O. Speights, Jr., D.O.
Division Director, Anatomic Pathology
Scott & White Hospital

Elaine Symanski, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, 
Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences
Director, Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Menghua Tao, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. 
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
School of Public Health
The University of North Texas Health Science Center

Karen Torges
Immediate Past-Chair
Cancer Alliance of Texas

Maria Hoang Tran, M.P.H., C.T.R. 
Director of Cancer Registry
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Deidre Watson, C.T.R. 
Cancer Program Coordinator
Baylor Scott and White Health, Round Rock

Kristina Walker Whitworth, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, 
Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences
Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional Campus
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Thomas Yankeelov, Ph.D.
W.A. "Tex" Moncrief, Jr., Simulation-Based Engineering and 
Sciences Professorship II – Computational Oncology
Director, Center for Computational Oncology
Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Cockrell School of Engineering
Director of Cancer Imaging Research
LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes
Professor of Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine
Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin


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Last updated April 24, 2017