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Carlos H Barcenas, M.D., M.Sc.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Breast Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Associate Medical Director, Breast Cancer Survivorship, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Clinical Specialist, GIM, AT and EC, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Dr. Barcenas obtained his M.D. degree from the Pontiificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia in 1992. He specialized and practiced Occupational Medicine in Colombia until 1998. He then moved to Houston in 1999 and worked in the Department of Epidemiology at MD Anderson. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at The University of Texas School of Public Health in 2003. In 2009, he completed his training in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta. He then completed his Hematology-Medical Oncology Fellowship training at MD Anderson in June of 2013. He was appointed as Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in July of 2013.

Research Interests

Dr. Barcenas has a background in Epidemiology, and has worked in the field of Comparative Effectiveness and Health Outcomes Research, conducting various studies that have resulted in publications in several peer-reviewed journals. He has a strong research interest in Cancer Survivorship Research and has proposed studies designed to provide insight on environmental and genetic determinants of disease, to create risk prediction models, to assess the prevalence, mechanisms, risk factors and treatment of long-term treatment effects, with the ultimate purpose of enhancing the quality of life for cancer survivors.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. Box 301438
Breast Medical Oncology - Unit 1354
Houston, TX 77230-1438

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2003 University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX, M.Sc., Epidemiology
1992 Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, School of Medicine, Bogotá, Colombia, MD, Medicine

Postgraduate Training

7/2010-6/2013 Clinical Fellowship, Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
7/2006-6/2009 Clinical Internship, Internal Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
8/1993-7/1997 Specialist, Occupational Health, Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia

Board Certifications

11/2013 American Board of Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology
8/2009 American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 8/2009-6/2010

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Quality Officer for Performance Improvement, Division of Ofc/EVP, Physician-in-Chief, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2/2014-present
Assistant Epidemiologist/Data Manager, Department of Epidemiology, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 11/1999-5/2006
Occupational Medicine Physician, Colmena Riesgos Profesionales, Bogotá, Colombia, 1/1995-11/1998

Honors and Awards

2013 MD Anderson Fellowship Education Chief Academic Year 2012 - 2013, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2013 Allison and Brian Grove Endowed Fellowship
2013 Annual Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Clinical Investigation Award, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2012 Allison and Brian Grove Endowed Fellowship
2012 Sheskey Family Fellowship for Breast Cancer Research Award
2011-2013 Fellow CERCIT Fellowship Scholar
2011 Allison and Brian Grove Endowed Fellowship
2011 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Award
2009 First Place Rahn-Peacock Research Award, Medical College of Georgia
2009 Nominated for Resident of the Year, Medical College of Georgia
2005 Performance Reward. Department of Epidemiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1997 Evaluation of audiometric interpretation scales for the early detection of neurosensory hypoacusis by noise: Student Award Presentation in the Fifth Institutional Research Meeting of Schools of Medicine, Bogotá, Colombia

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Barcenas CH, Niu J, Zhang N, Zhang Y, Buchholz TA, Elting LS, Hortobagyi GN, Smith BD, Giordano SH. Risk of hospitalization according to chemotherapy regimen in early-stage breast cancer. J Clin Oncol 32(19):2010-7, 7/1/2014. e-Pub 5/27/2014. PMCID: PMC4164758.
2. Delpech Y, Coutant C, Hsu L, Barranger E, Iwamoto T, Barcenas CH, Hortobagyi GN, Rouzier R, Esteva FJ, Pusztai L. Clinical benefit from neoadjuvant chemotherapy in oestrogen receptor-positive invasive ductal and lobular carcinomas. Br J Cancer 108(2):285-91, 2/5/2013. e-Pub 1/8/2013. PMCID: PMC3566807.
3. Barcenas CH, Zhang N, Zhao H, Duan Z, Buchholz TA, Hortobagyi GN, Giordano SH. Anthracycline regimen adherence in older patients with early breast cancer. Oncologist 17(3):303-11, 2012. e-Pub 2/27/2012. PMCID: PMC3316913.
4. Barcenas CH, Wells J, Chong D, French J, Looney SW, Samuel TA. Race as an independent risk factor for breast cancer survival: breast cancer outcomes from the medical college of georgia tumor registry. Clin Breast Cancer 10(1):59-63, 2/2010. PMID: 20133260.

Book Chapters

1. Barcenas CH, Ibrahim NK. Chemotherapy Induced Colitis. In: Colitis. Ed(s) Masayuki Fukata. In-Tech - Open Access Publishing: New York, 115-128, 2012.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Barcenas CH. NEJM Knowledge+. Writer of board-style “Questions and Answers in Medical Oncology for Primary Care Physicians”. New England Journal of Medicine, 2013.

Last updated: 10/23/2014