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Genetics & High Risk Cancer Screening Clinic 2015 Research Residents

 

Medical Directors


photo Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, FACS
Professor & Chief, UT School of Medicine, Division of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery
Dale H. Dorn Endowed Chair in Surgery

Dr. Ismail Jatoi is professor and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He is the holder of the Dale H. Dorn Endowed Chair in Surgery. Dr. Jatoi obtained his undergraduate bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his MD and PhD degrees from St. Louis University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Jatoi completed fellowship training in surgical oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for many years, and retired from the Army with the rank of colonel. During his years on active duty, he received numerous military awards, including the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit. Dr. Jatoi was formerly a professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md., and continues to hold an adjunct professor appointment at that institution. During his years in Bethesda, he was director of the Breast Cancer Center at the National Naval Medical Center, and oversaw the High Risk Clinic and the Genetic Testing program, which was an integral part of the Breast Care Center. Dr. Jatoi has had a longstanding interest in breast cancer local therapy and adjuvant systemic therapy, the management of women at increased risk for breast cancer, genetic testing, and cancer screening. He also has an interest in the design and analysis of cancer clinical trials. Dr. Jatoi has previously served on the Breast Cancer Executive Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG). He is the principal investigator of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and serves on the national NSABP Working Group.

 

Kaklamani Virginia G. Kaklamani, MD
Professor of Medicine, UT School of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Leader, Breast Cancer Program, Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC)

Dr. Virginia G. Kaklamani is professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and is the leader of the Breast Cancer Center. Dr. Kaklamani completed her medical training with honors at the University of Athens and her residency in internal medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Boston. She completed her fellowship in hematology/oncology at Northwestern University. She also received a master of science degree in Clinical Investigation from Northwestern University. She was head of the Translational Breast Cancer Program at Northwestern University and co-director of Northwestern's cancer genetics program. Her research interests include studying high risk families and identifying genetic mutations that are associated with an increased risk for breast, colon and prostate cancer. She has identified several genetic mutations related to obesity that increase the risk of breast cancer. Dr. Kaklamani is a clinical investigator with expertise in designing clinical trials with targeted agents.

 

photo Gail Tomlinson, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, UT School of Medicine
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC)
Greehey Distinguished Chair in Genetics and Cancer

Dr. Gail Tomlinson is an academic board-certified pediatric oncologist and translational investigator in human cancer genetics and is the current director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Tomlinson's clinical activities as well as clinical and laboratory research interests pertain to the genetic predisposition to cancer. She has a long-standing interest in familial breast cancer, has been involved in multiple research studies in the clinical genetics of breast cancer, and recently was highlighted by the Department of Defense for important contributions to the BRCA1 field. She is currently actively involved in the application of cancer predisposition to cancer risk assessment, early detection, and prevention in multiple syndromes in both children and adults. The clinic's currently funded CPRIT Prevention Project has established infrastructure for comprehensive cancer genetic risk assessment at sites throughout San Antonio as well as at the UT Health Science Center's regional campuses in the border areas of Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

 

Genetic Counseling


photo Anusha Vaidyanathan, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor

Anusha Vaidyanathan holds a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. As a genetic counselor, Anusha works with individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer to provide genetic risk assessment and identification of hereditary cancer syndromes, coordinate genetic testing, and educate the patient about future cancer risks and medical management options. In addition, she provides supportive psychosocial counseling for individuals and family members with hereditary cancer syndromes.

 

photo Natalie Poullard, MS, CGC Certified Genetic Counselor

Natalie Poullard holds a master of science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master of arts in Psychology from Brandeis University. As a genetic counselor, Natalie works with individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer to provide genetic risk assessment and identification of hereditary cancer syndromes, coordinate genetic testing, and educate the patient regarding future cancer risks and medical management options. In addition, she provides supportive psychosocial counseling for individuals and family members with hereditary cancer syndromes. In addition to her work in pediatric hematology and oncology, Natalie is currently working with the GRACIAS Texas (Genetic Risk Assessment for Cancer in All South Texas) program to identify at-risk individuals in Bexar, Hidalgo, Cameron, and Webb counties. GRACIAS Texas provides genetic risk assessment, counseling, testing, and screening for both insured and uninsured individuals free of charge. This project is made possible by funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

 

photo Shawn Gessay, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselor

Shawn Gessay holds a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she successfully completed clinical internships at Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine in Richmond, VA; University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX; and University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. As a genetic counselor, Shawn provides genetic risk assessment for individuals at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes, facilitates genetic testing, and educates patients regarding future cancer risks and options for increased cancer screening. In addition to her work in pediatric hematology and oncology, Shawn is currently working with the GRACIAS Texas (Genetic Risk Assessment for Cancer in All South Texas) program to identify at-risk individuals in Bexar, Hidalgo, Cameron, and Webb counties. GRACIAS Texas provides genetic risk assessment, counseling, testing, and screening for both insured and uninsured individuals at no cost to the patient. This project is made possible by funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

 

Obstetrics and Gynecology


photo Edward R. Kost, MD

Dr. Edward R. Kost received his baccalaureate in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California in San Diego in 1983, and his MD from the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., in 1989. Following residency training at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, he completed both a research and a clinical fellowship in gynecology-oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine in 1994 and 1996, respectively. Prior to joining the Health Science Center, Dr. Kost was the vice chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Dr. Kost is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology.

 

Medical Oncology


photo Sukeshi Arora, MD
Assistant Professor/Clinical
Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Sukeshi Patel is a native of San Antonio and obtained her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She completed Internal Medicine Residency and Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the UT Health Science Center. Her clinic is located at the Cancer Center. In clinic, she cares for patients with gastrointestinal malignancies, including colorectal cancer, and Lynch Syndrome. She is also involved in clinical trials evaluating new treatments for cancers of the GI tract.

 

Diagnostic Imaging


photo Pamela Otto, MD
Professor and Stewart R. Reuter Chair
Department of Radiology

Dr. Pamela Otto is a radiologist who has dedicated her career to breast cancer imaging and intervention. In addition, she has been very active in developing programs and processes to improve the care of breast cancer patients. She is co-chair of the breast tumor board and chair of the department of radiology at the UT Health Science Center. Originally trained as a nurse with a BSN from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she later attended medical school at her undergraduate alma mater before completing radiology residencies at both the UT Health Science Center and the University of Florida at Gainesville. Dr. Otto has finished her training with a postdoctoral fellowship in chest radiology and mammography at the UT Health Science Center. She has 20 years of experience as a breast imager and interventionalist. and continues to educate the next generation of breast imagers by participating in resident and fellow education.

 

Gastroenterology


photo Randy P. Wright, MD
Assistant Professor / Clinical
Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Dr. Randy P. Wright graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy; on completion of his military service, he attended the UT Health Science Center for his MD, Internal Medicine residency, and Gastroenterology fellowship. He is primarily located at the University Health System - Robert B. Green Campus. His interests include endoscopy - including colon cancer screening, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and general gastroenterology. Dr. Wright is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

 

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


photo Howard T. Wang, MD
Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology
Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency Program

Dr. Howard T. Wang was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and emigrated to the United States when he was 5. Early on, Dr. Wang had an interest in the health professions but was also keenly interested in art. He went to college at Cornell University and medical school at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then completed a general surgery residency at the University of Rochester and a plastic surgery residency at Duke University. Dr. Wang's interest lies both in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Each year more than 200,000 American women face the reality of breast cancer. Today, the emotional and physical results can be very different from what they were in the past. New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast. Reconstruction of a breast that has been removed due to cancer or other disease is one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today.

  photo Jason Morrow, MD
Dr. Morrows primary clinical interests include Palliative Medicine, Hospital Medicine, and Clinical Ethics. As the Medical Director for Inpatient Palliative Medicine at University Hospital, and as part of an incredible Palliative Medicine team, Dr. Morrow helps to lead a thriving consultation and teaching service for a major teaching site of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Many of his patients present to the hospital with advanced cancer, polytrauma, severe liver disease, or brain injury. Most of his patients or families struggle with limited access to health care, low health literacy, family conflict, substance abuse, mental illness, and the ordinary emotional and spiritual challenges associated with serious illness and complex medical decision-making. The goal of inpatient Palliative Medicine is (1) to relieve symptoms associated with advanced illness, (2) to guide patients, families, and clinicians through difficult decisions, and (3) to offer supportive, interdisciplinary services such as Social Work, chaplaincy, outpatient follow-up in a continuity clinic, or home health or hospice. Dr. Morrow was recently awarded the Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award for excellence in end-of-life care and patient advocacy.

As a part-time Hospitalist, Dr. Morrow provides acute, inpatient care for adults and supervises Internal Medicine residents. He is committed to educating medical students and residents on important aspects of clinical care including safe practices, clinical reasoning, compassionate communication, expert symptom management, and ethical analysis.

Having received his doctorate in Medical Humanities, focusing on Clinical Ethics, Dr. Morrow brings a lifelong passion for Bioethics and Clinical Ethics to the practice of Medicine and the development of doctors-in-training. Dr. Morrow is experienced as an Ethics consultant and currently serves on the Bioethics Committee at University Hospital.

 

Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery


photo Deborah Seigler, MPAS, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Deborah E. Seigler, BHS, MPAS, PA-C, a native of North Carolina, graduated magna cum laude from Duke University's Physician Assistant program in 1977. She has 20 years of oncology experience beginning at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she specialized in gastrointestinal malignancies. Currently, Deborah is on the faculty at the UT Health Science Center in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery. In partnership with University Hospital System (UHS), the UT Health Science Center has a strong breast cancer program serving large numbers of underserved Hispanic women in San Antonio, and is recognized as a Breast Center of Excellence by the National Consortium of Breast Centers. Deborah's current efforts are focused on establishing a high risk cancer screening and genetics component to the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery. Deborah has co- authored more than 30 book chapters, articles, abstracts and patient care manuals, which are available on request.

 

Support Staff


photo Carrie Camacho
Clinical Coordinator

Carrie Camacho was born and raised in San Antonio and has worked at the UT Health Science Center for one year. Carrie received a Certificate of Completion for Business Technology from Texas A&M University. She is fluent in Spanish and brings more than 10 years of experience working with patients in health care, and loves helping people and working with patients.

 

photo Jessica Huron
Scheduler

Jessica was born & raised in San Antonio, Texas. She has been with UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center since 2015. Jessica has been in healthcare since 2010. She worked in Orthopedic Surgery prior to her transition into the UT family. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys being a part of the patient experience at the Cancer Center.

 

photo Elena Marin
Community Health Worker

Elena Marin, born in Mexico City, is fluent in Spanish. She grew up in Chicago and has lived in San Antonio for 25 years, earning her bachelor's degree in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She provides the clinic's English-Spanish translations as well as outreach to both English- and Spanish-speaking patients, and genuinely enjoys working with the community.

 


 

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