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Primary Appointment

  • Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Research Interests

  • Detection and treatment of early oral cancer and precancer
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Degree-Granting Education

  • 1987 University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, MD, Medicine
  • 1983 Brown University, Providence, RI, BA, Russian Studies

Postgraduate Training

  • 1993-1994 Clinical Fellowship, Dept. of Head & Neck Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • 1992-1993 Research Fellowship, Dept. of Head & Neck Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • 1989-1992 Otolaryngology Resident, Dept. of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, UT Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX
  • 1987-1989 Surgical Internship, Dept. of General Surgery, UT Health Science Center At Houston, Houston, TX

Board Certifications

  • 3/1993 American Board of Otolaryngology

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

  • Director, Oral Cancer Prevention Center, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2006-present

Honors and Awards

  • 2002 Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
  • 2001 UT MD Anderson Educator of the Month Award, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • 1996 Triological Society Research Training Award
  • 1983 Magna Cum Laude, Brown University
  • 1982 Phi Beta Kappa, Brown University

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Member, 1996
  • American Association for Cancer Research Member, 1996
  • American College of Surgeons Member, 2002
  • American Head and Neck Society Member, 1996
  • American Medical Association Member, 1995
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Member, 2002
  • American Thyroid Association Member, 2004
  • Association of Women Surgeons Member, 2002
  • Optical Society of America, Washington, DC Member, 2007
  • Society for Molecular Imaging Member, 2004
  • The International Academy of Oral Oncology Member, 2006

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

  1. Nitin N, Rosbach KJ, El-Naggar A, Williams M, Gillenwater A, Richards-Kortum RR. Optical Molecular Imaging of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Expression to Improve Detection of Oral Neoplasia. Neoplasia 11(6):542-551, 6/2009. PMCID: PMC2685443.
  2. Roblyer D, Kurachi C, Stepanek V, Williams MD, El-Naggar AK, Lee JJ, Gillenwater AM, Richards-Kortum R. Objective detection and delineation of oral neoplasia using autofluorescence imaging. Cancer Prev Res 2(5):423-31, 4/2009. PMCID: PMC2719708.
  3. Schwarz RA, Gao W, Weber CR, Kurachi C, Lee JJ, El-Naggar AK, Richards-Kortum R, Gillenwater AM. Noninvasive evaluation of oral lesions using depth-sensitive optical spectroscopy. Cancer 115(8):1669-1679, 2009. PMCID: PMC2728679.
  4. Pavlova I, Williams MD, El-Naggar A, Richards-Kortum R, Gillenwater A. Understanding the biological basis of autofluorescence imaging for oral cancer detection: high resolution fluorescence microscopy in viable tissue. Clin Cancer Res 14(8):2396-404, 4/2008. PMCID: PMC2773159.
  5. Gillenwater AM, Zhong M, Lotan R. Histone deacetylase inhibitor suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid induces