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New leadership announced within Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery

The legacy of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine continues to grow as new department leadership appointments are announced.

"We are thrilled to have been able to attract and put into place outstanding new surgical leaders for who will help ensure the continued growth and success of this storied department," said Dr. Todd Rosengart, professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of surgery at BCM.

Dr. Steven A. Curley

Dr. Steven A. Curley has been named chief of the division of surgical oncology and associate director for clinical affairs in the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at BCM. He is also professor of mechanical engineering of materials science at Rice University.

Curley joins BCM from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where he was professor and Charles B. Barker Chair in surgery, as well as chief of gastrointestinal tumor surgery and medical director of the MD Anderson Gastrointestinal Cancer Multidisciplinary Care Center.

At BCM, Curley will lead efforts to build a multidisciplinary surgical oncology program at the McNair Campus as well as a new collaborative GI and metabolic surgery group from the divisions of surgical oncology and general surgery.

"I am very excited by the vision and direction of the College," Curley said. "I look forward to working with my new colleagues in advancing the efforts of this great medical and research institution."

He has 22 years' experience working in basic science laboratories and has helped develop two U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved devices for invasive radiofrequency ablation needles to treat unresectable liver cancers.

Curley's current research is focused on design, bench testing, and clinical study of novel noninvasive radiofrequency field (RF) treatment devices. He is also working on targeted delivery of metallic or semiconducting nanoparticles that release heat under RF field induction to cause thermal cytotoxicity in cancer cells. His group has also performed complex physicochemical measurements of nanoparticles, conjugating them to antibodies, peptides, and pharmacologic agents to target them on cancer cells. He hopes to test these novel treatments in human clinical trials at BCM within the next two to three years, pending FDA approval.

Dr. William E. Fisher

Joining Curley in leading the GI and metabolic surgery group will be Dr. William E. Fisher who has been named the new chief of the division of general surgery. Fisher is currently a professor of surgery and director of the Elkins Pancreas Center.

He has been a member of the BCM faculty since 1998 and in that time he has built one of the largest clinical programs for the surgical treatment of pancreatic disease in the Houston area. He has collaborated with and led a team of surgeons and scientists, including researchers with the Human Genome Sequencing Center at BCM, in examining the genetic basis of pancreatic center.

He has also established a pancreatic cancer tissue resource and extensive clinical database which serve as a vital resource for research. He has served as principal investigator on numerous clinical trials for patients with pancreatic cancer.

"I have worked with BCM for over 15 years now because I believe it has one of our nation's best surgery departments," Fisher said. "BCM is at a very exciting and energizing time of change and growth. It is a great privilege to be appointed to this new role and I will do my absolute best to serve every member of our department."

Fisher also coordinates the general surgery programs at the Harris Health System's Ben Taub Hospital, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and the new BCM Medical Center. He is also a member of the Duncan Cancer Center at BCM.

Dr. Daniel Albo

Dr. Daniel Albo takes on the new role of vice-chair for network development and director for surgical network development at BCM as the department seeks to expand its clinical program. He is currently professor of surgery and Dan L. Duncan professor in the Duncan Cancer Center at BCM.

In his new role Albo will identify, analyze, and help establish new surgical practice opportunities beyond the Texas Medical Center for the department of surgery and for BCM.

"It is imperative that the College expands its surgical clinical programs. This will serve the dual purpose of increasing our ability to provide state-of-the-art healthcare to the communities that we serve while supporting our academic mission," said Albo. "I intend to capitalize on our strong brand to develop innovative strategic partnerships with physicians and hospitals outside the boundaries of the Texas Medical Center."

Albo will continue to serve as director of the gastrointestinal oncology program in the Duncan Cancer Center, a role which will avail patients coming to the Center of Albo's clinical expertise is minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgical oncology, with special emphasis on colorectal malignancies.

Albo's research has focused on translational and health services research in colorectal cancer. He has developed a unique retraining program that has successfully led to the conversion of open colorectal surgical units into minimally invasive ones. He also has more than 100 publications, multiple book chapters, and multiple grants related to his research.

Dr. Bradford G. Scott

Dr. Bradford G. Scott, associate professor of surgery, has been named chief of a newly-created section of trauma surgery in the division of general surgery which was established to recognize and help advance this area of expertise.

"It is an honor to expand upon the program that Dr. Kenneth Mattox (professor of surgery at BCM and chief of staff at Ben Taub Hospital) and Dr. Mathew Wall Jr. (professor of surgery at BCM and cardiothoracic surgery executive director, trauma and critical care - Ben Taub Hospital) have built over the years," said Scott. "With their help we will improve the care of the trauma patient in Houston and surrounding counties."

Scott has been a member of the BCM faculty since 1999, after completing his residency training at BCM. Since then he has led efforts to improve the training of the next generation of surgeons as director of general surgery residency program.

In addition to his current role as medical director of the Ginni and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center at the Ben Taub Hospital, this new role will allow him to expand the outreach and academic focus of the trauma program, under the leadership Mattox.

Scott's clinical and research focus involves studies of resuscitation of the trauma patient, care for the open abdomen, and on methodologies for complex abdominal wall reconstruction, as well as surgery of the foregut.

His previous appointments include director of the Ben Taub Hospital Breast Center; surgical director of the Ben Taub Emergency Center, which cares for more than 100,000 emergency patients each year; and director of minimally invasive surgery. He currently also chairs the Credentials Committee of the Harris Health System.

Dr. Christine Ann O'Mahony

Dr. Christine Ann O'Mahony, assistant professor of surgery, has been appointed section chief of renal transplantation.

She is also surgical director of kidney transplantation at Texas Children's Hospital, surgical director of kidney transplant at St. Luke's Medical Center and surgical director of Kidney Transplantation at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

O'Mahony has been a member of the BCM faculty since 2004 and specializes in adult and pediatric liver transplantation, hepatobiliary, and the surgical management of liver tumors.