Ana M. Rodriguez MD, MPH
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Rodriguez is currently a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Gynecology, and Section of Minimally Invasive Gynecology & Research and a Public Health Practitioner. In addition to significant
clinical and educational contributions to our institution and upholding a busy clinical and surgical practice, she is making meaningful contributions in the area of gynecological cancer prevention. Specifically, her research and clinical practice
focus on the prevention and treatment of pre-cancerous cervical lesions due to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and endometrial cancer precursors. Her emerging leadership in gynecological cancer prevention, particularly HPV-related diseases and cancer,
along with the study of health disparities, is highlighted by her current efforts in developing and implementing HPV vaccination programs serving predominantly high-risk populations in Texas. Dr. Rodriguez is the Program Director
of the “School‐Based Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Program in the Rio Grande Valley” initially implemented in Starr County in 2016. At least 1,896 students were vaccinated against HPV through the initial school-based program. To date,
this model is expanding into other counties in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), including Jim Hogg, Zapata, Starr, and Hidalgo. This is the first school-based HPV vaccination program in the RGV area and one of the first in Texas targeting the recommended
age group for HPV vaccination and including both females and males. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez is a collaborator of the project “Improving Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention in the Lower Rio Grande Valley through Public Outreach, Patient
Navigation, and Telementoring.” She also co‐directs the teleECHO clinics for this project.
Dr. Rodriguez, well-funded research portfolio includes grants from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging, in addition to grants from UTMB’s Clinical and Translational
Science Awards Program, the Raul Tijerina, Jr. Foundation and MD Anderson’s HPV Vaccination Initiative.
Dr. Rodriguez is a member of many national and international scientific societies and professional organizations, including the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Association
of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, International Papillomavirus Society, and International Gynecologic Cancer Society. She is also a member of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences at UTMB, which is part of the World Health Organization Collaborating
Center (WHO CC) for vaccine research, evaluation, and training. Research