This list of over 75 faculty summarizes the breadth of work being conducted in women's health at UTMB. Contact Don Dietiker, x74918, to request a listing in this directory.
Research Directory A-F
Research Interests: Fetal exposure to medications used during pregnancy in two therapeutic domains namely, opiate agonists used for treatment of the opiate addict; hypoglycemic drugs used in treatment of gestational diabetes; developing new drugs for the treatment of HIV infections and antibodies for treatment of nicotine addiction during pregnancy.
Contact: 409-772-0977; email@example.com
Jack Alperin, MD
Professor, Internal Medicine-Hematology/Oncology
Research Interests: Disorders of blood clotting and transfusion medicine.
Contact: 409-772-1164; firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Obesity, muscle strength, health outcomes and disability among older Mexican Americans
Elizabeth T. Anderson, DrPH, RN, FAAN
Professor and Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care
Research Interests: Breast cancer in older women; understanding of domestic abuse and its prevention; education about and prevention of lead poisoning in the community; program impact evaluation; cross-cultural interests; development and evaluation of web-based instruction.
Contact: 409-772-8253; email@example.com
Garland Anderson, MD
Professor and Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Research Interests: Cesarean section delivery; intraventricular hemorrhage; perinatal morbidity.
Contact: 409-772-1074; firstname.lastname@example.org
Concepcion Diaz-Arrastia, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Research Interests: Cervical carcinogenesis, medical therapy for high grade intraepithelial lesions of the female genital tract, telerobotic gynecologic surgery.
Contact: 409-747-0593; email@example.com
Beth A. Auslander, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics/ Adolescent and Behavioral Health
Research Interests: Adolescent sexual health issues; eating disorders.
Contact: 409-772-2358; firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce A. Baethge, MD
Associate Professor, Rheumatology, Fellowship Program Director, Department of Internal Medicine;
Research Interests: Systemic lupus erythematosus; scleroderma; pharmaceutical studies in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Sjogren’s syndrome.
Contact: 409-772-2863; email@example.com
Jeff Baker, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation; Associate Professor; Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, & Chief Psychologist, Department of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology Pain Clinic & Cardiothoracic Surgery
Research Interests: Pain management; psychology training; spirituality and chronic pain; adjustment disorders in rehabilitation; sexual health and rehabilitation; personality factors of professional students; minority health care issues.
Contact: 409-772-9576; firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Women's health; birth control efficacy and side effects; physiology & sexual abuse.
Contact: 409-772-2417; email@example.com
Research Interests: Psychosocial factors (stress, social support, social networks) associated with health outcomes among minority groups; Gender and ethnic differences in rehabilitation outcomes in in persons with stroke and orthopedic impairments discharged from rehabilitation facilities
Contact: 409-747-1814 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Boor, MD
Research Interests: Oxidative stress in early atherosclerosis; fetal basis of dissecting aortic aneurysm; role of the connective tissue enzyme, SSAO, in human burn wound healing
Contact: 409-772-2813; email@example.com
Nigel Bourne, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Research Interests: Herpes simplex; and vaccine and other preventive measures against genital infection.
Contact: 409-747-8144; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mabel Caban, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
Research Interests: Disparities of diagnosis and treatment in women with disabilities, physical outcomes after rehabilitation, therapies used to treat spinal pain.
Contact: 409-747-1300; email@example.com
Research Interests: Development of in vitro models of human and rodent ovarian folliculogenesis; identification of factors involved in normal and abnormal ovarian folliculogenesis in rodents and humans; investigating the role of the IGF system in ovarian [and prostate] cancer; and examining the effects of substance abuse on the neuroendocrine-reproductive axis.
Contact: 409-747-1672; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Celia Chao
Assistant Professor Department of Surgery
Member, Sealy Center for Cancer Cell Biology
Research Interests: The study of signal transduction of gut peptide hormones as it relates to breast cancer and colon cancer.
Contact: 409-772-0698; email@example.com
Kathryn Cunningham, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Research Interests: Neural mechanisms underlying the effects of abused drugs; Serotonin; Etiology of psychotic (e.g., schizophrenia) and affective disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression); Behavioral neuropharmacology of cocaine & (MDMA; “ecstacy”) Modulation of stimulant-induced behaviors by female sex hormones.
Contact: 409-772-9629; firstname.lastname@example.org
Edward M. Curran, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Research interests: The role of immune system in the initiation and progression of breast cancer and the role of hormones such as estrogen on the function of immune cell subsets, macrophages, dendritic cells and natural killer cells, that may play a role in breast cancer etiology.
Contact: 409-772-0435 ; emcurran@ utmb.edu
Research Interests: Neuropeptides, cytokines, and cell signalling pathway in the control of vascular tone during pregnancy.
Contact: 409-747-0479; email@example.com
D. Mark Estes, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics and Pathology
Research Interests: Gender bias in immunity to cancer and infection including the impact on vaccination
Contact: 409-772-0434; firstname.lastname@example.org
Miriam Falzon, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Research Interests: Parathyroid hormone-related peptide (PTHrP); human cancers; including breast, prostate, lung and renal carcinomas; Vitamin D .
Contact: 409-772-9638; email@example.com
Robin G. M. Fleschler, PhD, RNC, CNS, NP
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Research Interests: Health behaviors in Mexican-immigrant pregnant women; faculty development in the interpretive pedagogies for community-based nursing care; risk-protective model for preterm labor and prenatal alcohol use; comprehensive prenatal health behaviors instrument; outcomes measurement.
Contact: 409-772-8218; firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Freeman, PhD
Edgar Gnitzinger Distinguished Professorship in Aging
Director, Office of Biostatistics
Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Research Interests: Dr. Freeman's current methodological research is categorical data analysis, community based participatory research and survey sampling. His substantive research includes the relationship between the elderly and adolescents, adolescent health, and cancer in populations.
Contact: 409-772-6616; email@example.com
Jean Freeman, PhD
Grace Bucksch Gnitzinger Distinguished Professor in Aging, Department of Internal Medicine (Geriatrics) and Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health (Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
Research Interests: Health services research; Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs); variations in the utilization and outcomes of hospital care; use of administrative datasets (Medicare data and tumor registry data) to assess the quality of breast cancer care; factors associated with quality care; use and outcomes of mammography services in older women.
Contact: 409-772-6797; firstname.lastname@example.org