Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty Appointment (CFA)

Houston, Texas
Aug 08, 2023
Nov 07, 2023
Req #: 00097257 - 230719
Faculty, OB/GYN, Surgery
Contract Type
Full Time

Department of Gynecologic Oncology & Reproductive Medicine

Req #: 00097257 - 230719

Job Title: Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty Appointment (CFA)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center currently has an opening for an Assistant Professor within the Department of Laboratory Medicine. Refer to the Gynecologic Oncology & Reproductive Medicine web page for additional information about the department and its programs.

EXPERIENCE: At least 2 years’ experience as Instructor or 5 years post degree with any combination of time as a clinician, clinical scientist, or GME trainee (except specialties with shorter residencies or fellowships) 




Must have an M.D. degree and be an active candidate for board certification or be board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Must have a current Texas Medical License. 


Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) or Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)




Provides accurate diagnosis and assessment of patients to determine appropriate treatment plan and follow-up care. Must be familiar with current diagnostic and treatment practices for gynecologic cancers. Requires considerable exercise of expertise, judgment, and analytical skill. May consult with other department physicians and/or other MD Anderson physicians to confirm or validate diagnosis and treatment.

Must be able to perform radical pelvic operations independently. Includes minimally invasive surgery and/or robotic surgical techniques. Surgical procedures shall include, but shall not be limited to:  radical hysterectomy, pelvic exenterations (total, anterior, and posterior), lymphadenectomy (including inguinal, pelvic, and para-aortic regions), vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy with associated salpingo-oophorectomy, urinary diversion or reconstruction procedures, omentectomy and omental transfer, segmental bowel resection with or without reanastomosis, intestinal by-pass procedures, hypogastric artery ligation, and other surgical procedures accepted as appropriate in the treatment of gynecologic cancer. Must be able to manipulate surgical instruments using both hands. Requires use of head light, protective shields, head gear, gloves, mask, and surgical scrubs during surgical procedures performed in the operating room and as necessary in the outpatient setting. Must be familiar with equipment used in the operating room and in the care and treatment of gynecologic oncology patients. Must be able to stand for long periods of time without breaks for rest or meals, when performing surgical procedures and attending to patients' needs.

Must be familiar with and able to independently perform patient evaluations, history and physical examinations, endometrial biopsy, cryosurgery, cystoscopy, proctoscopy.  Assess patients for protocol eligibility. Explains protocol and treatment options to patients. Answers questions regarding treatment.  Requires good verbal assessment skills in face-to-face and telephone encounters. Must be able to lift, move, or assist from examination table, or in wheelchair, patients weighing up to 300 pounds. Walks to and from the clinic, emergency room, operating room, hospital inpatient floor, and other areas of the MD Anderson complex to perform patient examinations and rounds and to attend meetings and other departmental and institutional functions. Position will be primarily based at Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital.  Position may require coverage for Gynecologic Oncology providers in other Houston Area Locations beyond the primary assignment.

Requires advanced knowledge of clinical pharmacology as applied to cancer chemotherapy, immunotherapy and biological agents.  Responsible for patient selection, drug selection, drug administration, and treatment of toxic side effects. Administers cancer therapeutic agents systemically, applies anticancer agents topically, instills therapeutic agents intraperitoneally. Maintains skills and current expertise in all aspects of patient care. Reads gynecologic oncology and related journals and publications to remain current on affiliated topics and techniques. Participates in MD Anderson planning conference.

Requires entering of notes in the medical record and dictation of supportive reports (clinic notes, history and physical, primary medical evaluation, operative reports, progress notes, admission notes, consultative reports, medication orders, procedure notes, discharge notes, discharge notes, death summaries). Requires thorough knowledge and understanding of electronic medical record documentation transcription and documentation procedures, and confidentiality and release of medical record information. Ensures that medical record documentation is accurate and up to date at all times and follows institutional and local hospital policies. Prepare, review and timely submit proper coding and charge capture documents through the utilization of electronic billing applications as available and supported by the institution.

Must be able to work effectively under stress and make decisions regarding patient care issues, and treatment, immediately and independently. Must demonstrate MD Anderson core values of caring, integrity, discovery, safety, and stewardship to patients, clinic and department staff, trainees and colleagues.

Must be in full concordance with the employment rules and regulations established by the University of Texas Board of Regents, including initial appointment policies, review procedures, annual physical examination requirements, and institutional assignments. Must also be familiar and in concordance with Constitution and Bylaws of the Medical Staff and Rules and Regulations of the Medical Staff.  Maintains current status of Texas Medical License, DPS, and DEA licenses.



Participates in departmental or institutional projects or committees as assigned by the Chair. Attends regularly scheduled departmental staff meetings, MD Anderson conferences, special programs, morning conference, rounds, pathology, radiotherapy conferences, and journal club.  Participates in MD Anderson planning conference and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital interdisciplinary rounds.


Initiates and/or participates in clinical and laboratory research projects in the field of gynecologic oncology. Actively pursues publication of articles in major peer-reviewed journals as a senior author or collaborator. Collaborates with departmental and/or institutional physicians and scientists to participate in ongoing projects, clinical trials and multidisciplinary efforts benefiting the department and institution. Makes presentations on current findings and studies at MD Anderson conferences and local and national conferences. Takes active role in research at LBJ.

Utilizes a Macintosh computer or PC and keyboard to enter and analyze data, prepare manuscripts, access e-mail and department network server, and prepare slides and graphics for presentations. Requires basic knowledge of computer hardware and software.  Requires the use of basic statistic skills, the ability to clearly understand and communicate verbal instructions and directions, and the ability to organize and disseminate information in a concise manner.


Demonstrates and provides instruction in diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic procedures to residents, fellows, nurses, pharmacists, advanced practice providers assigned to, or observing in, the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine. 


Represents the Department in local, regional, state, and national matters. May require traveling to sites outside of the Houston area and, upon return, disseminating the information obtained or learned by sharing with department colleagues verbally or in writing. Participates in community-based tumor boards, disease specific conference and other such meetings. Represents MD Anderson at community events, educational forums, and among referring physician groups across the region. Secures membership in local or national associations to promote further education and active involvement in research and specialties related to gynecologic oncology and cancer.


Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae to:

Karen Lu, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Gynecologic Oncology & Reproductive Medicine
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1155 Pressler Street, Unit 1362
Houston, TX 77030
Attn: Amy Jacob-Merchant, Assoc. Department Administrator

MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local laws, unless such distinction is required by law.  All positions at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center are security sensitive and subject to examination of criminal history record information.  Smoke-free and drug-free environment.