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Dan S Gombos, M.D., FACS

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Section Chief, Section of Ophthalmology, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Associate Professor, Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine- Ophthalmology, Houston, TX
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics Patient Care, Division of Cancer Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine- Pediatrics, Houston, TX
Clinical Associate Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX

Bio Statement

Dr. Dan S. Gombos received his medical degree from Stanford University. After completing an ophthalmology residency and serving as co-chief resident at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Gombos completed two fellowships in ocular oncology, the first under the direction of Joan O’Brien MD at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the second under the direction of John Hungerford FRCS at Moorfields Eye Hospital & St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, UK. Dr. Gombos joined the faculty at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in the section of ophthalmology in 2001 and currently serves as Professor & Chief with joint appointments at the Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).

Dr. Gombos’s clinical, surgical, and research interests are in the areas of ocular oncology- in particular the management of retinoblastoma, uveal melanoma, intraocular and conjunctival malignancies. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the American Association of Ocular Oncology & Pathology (AAOOP) and the International Society of Ocular Oncology (ISOO).

He serves as the clinical co-director of the Retinoblastoma Center of Houston and Director of Clinical Operations for the Section of Ophthalmology.  

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Head & Neck Surgery - Section of Ophthalmology
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Unit Number: 1445
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT10.6094
Phone: (713) 794-5588
Fax: (713) 794-4662

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1994 Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, MD, Medicine
1989 Northwestern University, College of Arts & Sciences, Evanston, IL, BA, Chemistry
1986 Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, Paris, France, Certificat de Langue Française, French

Board Certifications

2000 American Board of Ophthalmology, Recertification Date: 2010
1995 National Board of Medical Examiners


Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Clinic Operations Director, Section of Ophthalmology, Department of Head & Neck Surgery, Section of Ophthalmology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 7/2005-present

Honors and Awards

2014-present American Academy of Ophthalmology's Senior Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2014-present Doctor of Excellence, Leaders in Healthcare Network
2012-present Texas Super Doctors
2009-present Guide to America's Top Ophthalmologists
2005 American Academy of Ophthalmology, Achievement Award
2004-2007 Elected by Consumers Research Council of America: Guide to Americas Top Ophthalmologists

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Ophthalmology
Fellow, 2001-present
American College of Surgeons
Fellow, 2003-present
Children's Oncology Group (COG)
Full Member, 2010-present
COG- Retinoblastoma
Member, 2010-present
Harris County Medical Society
Member, 2003-present
Houston Ophthalmological Society
Member, 2001-present
International Society of Ocular Oncology
Member, 2006-present
Texas Medical Association
Member, 2003-present
Texas Ophthalmological Association
Member, 2001-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Kim MM, Dabaja BS, Medeiros J, Kim S, Allen P, Chevez-Barrios P, Gombos DS, Fowler N. Survival Outcomes of Primary Intraocular Lymphoma: A Single-Institution Experience. Am J Clin Oncol 39(2):109-13, 4/2016. e-Pub 1/2014. PMID: 24390272.
2. Beadle B., Takiar V., Voong K. Gombos DS., Mourtada F., Rechner L., Lawyer A., Morrison W., Garden A.,. Choice of Radionuclide: Comparative Outcomes and Toxicity of Ruthenium-106 and Iodine-125 in the Definitive Treatment of Uveal Melanoma. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 2014. PMID: 25423888.
3. Milgrom S, Cheah C, Pinnix C, Smith G, Dabaja B, Horace P, Chevez-Barrios P, Fowler N, Gombos DS. Acute and Late Toxicity of Bilateral Orbital Irradiation in the Management of Primary Intraocular Lymphoma. Leukemia & Lymphoma, 4/2013.
4. Francis JH, Patel SP, Gombos DS, Carvajal RD. Surveillance Options for Patients with Uveal Melanoma Following Definitive Management. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book 2013:382-7, 2013. PMID: 23714555.
5. Ameri H, Araujo JC, Gombos DS. Leuprolide monotherapy for choroidal metastasis from prostate adenocarcinoma. Arch Ophthalmol 130(9):1225-6, 9/2012. PMID: 22965610.
6. Nasser QJ, Gombos DS, Williams MD, Guadagnolo BA, Morrison WH, Garden AS, Beadle BM, Canseco E, Esmaeli B. Management of radiation-induced severe anophthalmic socket contracture in patients with uveal melanoma. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 28(3):208-12, 5/2012. PMCID: PMC3359825.
7. Jonasch E, McCutcheon IE, Waguespack SG, Wen S, Davis DW, Smith LA, Tannir NM, Gombos DS, Fuller GN, Matin SF. Pilot Trial of Sunitinib Therapy in Patients with von Hippel-Lindau Disease. Ann Oncol 22(12):2661-6, 12/2011. PMCID: PMC3417053.
8. Rodney AJ, Gombos DS, Fuller GN, Pagliaro LC, Tannir NM. Choroidal and Conjunctival Metastases from Renal Cell Carcinoma. Am J Clin Oncol 32(4):448-9, 8/2009. PMID: 19657240.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: The role of tumor size and location in the treatment of retinoblastoma with primary chemotherapy
Funding Source: The Retinoblastoma Society (UK)
Role: Investigator

Last updated: 6/17/2016