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Daniel E Epner, MD, FACP

Present Title & Affiliation


Bio Statement

Daniel Epner, M.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Pallitive Care & Rehabilitation Medicine

Dr. Epner received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his clinical Fellowship in Medical Oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  Dr. Epner's clinical activities include Medical Director of the International Center, Integrative Medicine clinic, consulting on the Phase I in-patients service, and supervising MDACC Medical Oncology fellows in their continuity clinics at LBJ hospital.  All these clinical activities involve difficult conversations, often around end of life issues, and/or teaching communication skills.  Dr. Epner has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is developing research and educational programs to improve communication between cancer patients and their providers to study the role culture plays in oncology practice.

Research Interests

Difficult conversations in clinical oncology, particularly around end of life.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler
Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine
Unit Number: 1414
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: 713 563 1247
Fax: 713 792 6092

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1986 Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, MD, Medicine
1982 Stanford University, Stanford, CA, BA, Human Biology

Postgraduate Training

1991-1994 Clinical Fellowship, Medical Oncology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
1989-1991 Research Fellowship, Molecular Genetics, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
1988-1989 PGY3, Internal Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
1986-1988 Internship and PGY2, Internal Medicine, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX

Board Certifications

2003 American Board of Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology
1989 American Board of Internal Medicine


Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of General Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 7/2008-7/2012
Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2002-6/2008
Staff Physician, Houston VA Hospital, Houston, TX, 1994-6/2008

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Epner DE, Koeffler HP. Molecular genetic advances in chronic myelogenous leukemia. Ann Intern Med 113(1):3-6, 7/1990. PMID: 2073245.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: “Dietary Methionine Restriction- Novel Cancer Treatment: Mechanistic Studies”
Funding Source: Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 5/1/2001 - 10/31/2002
Title: “Dietary Methionine Restriction: Novel Treatment for Hormone Independent Prostate Cancer”
Funding Source: Department of Defense (DOD)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 4/23/2001 - 4/22/2004
Title: “GAPDH: Novel Regulator of Cell Structure and Migration”
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 7/1/1998 - 6/30/2003
Title: Caroline Wiess Law Award for Research in Molecular Medicine
Funding Source: Baylor College of Medicine
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 3/1998 - 9/1998
Title: “Role of multifunctional GAPDH in prostate cancer”
Funding Source: Veterans Administration
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 4/1/1996 - 3/31/1999
Title: Chao Award
Funding Source: Baylor College of Medicine
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 8/1/1994 - 7/31/1997
Title: “Role of glycolysis in prostate cancer cell motility/metastasis”
Funding Source: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/1/1994 - 12/21/1995
Title: “Role of GAPDH in prostate cancer metastasis”
Funding Source: Baylor SPORE in prostate cancer pilot project
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1994 - 1995

Last updated: 7/9/2014