UTHSCT Cancer Treatment & Prevention Center director named; lung specialist, cardiologist, and oncologist join UTHSCT

Friday, August 17, 2012

Ed Sauter, MD, Ph.D., has been named the director of the Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

In addition, three other physicians – Julie Philley, MD, a pulmonary/critical care specialist; Sam K. Daya, MD, a specialist in invasive cardiology; and Hitesh Singh, MD, a medical oncologist, have joined the Health Science Center.

Dr. Sauter, a professor of surgery, comes to UTHSCT after serving as associate dean for research at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His specialty is surgical oncology and he is board certified in surgery.

He has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and holds a master’s in health administration from the Executive Program in Health Services Management at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Sauter is an internationally known cancer surgeon, scientist, medical educator, and physician administrator. He is the author of 165 medical journal articles and 11 book chapters on the surgical treatment of cancer. In addition, he is the co-editor of a key text on breast cancer prevention and treatment.

The National Institutes of Health -- the main government funder of biomedical research -- has supported Dr. Sauter’s research for over two decades, awarding him more than 20 grants during that time.

He also has received grants from the Komen Foundation and the Avon Foundation for Women. Currently, Dr. Sauter oversees six active grants that total about $2 million.

Dr. Sauter completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia after his residency at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, La., where he was chief resident.

Dr. Philley, an assistant professor of medicine, came to UTHSCT from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where she was a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine and a lung transplant fellow.

She completed a fellowship in mycobacterial disease at National Jewish Health in Denver and has a special research interest in treating patients with this condition. Mycobacteria can cause serious illness in people with damaged lungs when the germs get into their lungs via air, water, or soil.

Dr. Philley is board certified in internal, pulmonary, and critical care medicine. She served her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Md. In 2009, she received the institution’s Award for Humanism and Professionalism, the Resident of the Year award, and the Ambulatory Care Resident Award.

Dr. Daya was an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center before joining UTHSCT. He is board certified in internal medicine.

He completed a cardiology fellowship at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he was named the Outstanding Graduating Fellow in Cardiology. He was a research fellow at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.

He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom. Dr. Daya, an assistant professor of medicine at UTHSCT, specializes in nuclear cardiology, with expertise in PET imaging; echocardiography; and diagnostic cardiac catheterization.

Dr. Singh, an assistant professor of medicine, joins UTHSCT after completing a fellowship in medical oncology at the College of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. While serving his residency in internal medicine there, he was named the 2009 Outstanding Resident of the Year.

As a medical oncologist, Dr. Singh oversees medical care and treatment for people with cancer. He specializes in using chemotherapy, hormones, pain-relievers, and other drugs to manage a patient’s disease. He is board certified in internal medicine.

Dr. Singh also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech Health Science Center in Lubbock and a bachelor’s in physical therapy from the School of Health Professions at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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