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Dima Suki (formerly Abi-Said), Ph.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Associate Epidemiologist, Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Director of Data Management, Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Co-Director of Clinical Research, Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Department of Neurosurgery
Unit Number: 442 - Room Number FC7.2042
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 792-2400
Fax: (713) 794-4950

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1993 The University of Texas, Houston, TX, Ph.D., Epidemiology; Biostatistics and Maternal and Child Health
1988 American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, MS, Nutrition
1987 American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, Teaching Diploma, Health Education
1986 American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, BS, Nutrition & Dietetics

Honors and Awards

2009-present Madison Who's Who
2009-present Marquis Who's Who

Professional Memberships

American Lebanese Medical Association - Houston Chapter, Houston, TX
Board Member, 2/2011-present
American Lebanese Medical Association - Houston Chapter, Houston, TX
Steering Committee Member, 1/2008-1/2011
Association for Clinical Research Professionals
Member, 1/2006-present
Society for Epidemiologic Research
Member, 1/1999-1/2000
Society for Neuro-Oncology
Member, 1/1999-present
Society of Clinical Research Associates
Member, 1/2004-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Patel AJ, Suki D, Hatiboglu MA, Abouassi H, Shi W, Wildrick DM, Lang FF, Sawaya R. Factors influencing the risk of local recurrence after resection of a single brain metastasis. J Neurosurg 113(2):181-9, 2010. PMID: 20035574.
2. Hassaneen W, Suki D, Salaskar AL, Levine NB, DeMonte F, Lang FF, McCutcheon IE, Dorai Z, Feiz-Erfan I, Wildrick DM, Sawaya R. Immediate morbidity and mortality associated with transcallosal resection of tumors of the third ventricle. J Clin Neurosci 17(7):830-6, July, 2010. PMID: 20478709.
3. Hentschel S, Vora Y, Suki D, Hanna EY, DeMonte F. Malignant tumors of the anterolateral skull base. Neurosurgery 66(1):102-112; discussion 112, Jan, 2010. PMID: 20023541.
4. Hassaneen W, Suki D, Salaskar A, Wildrick DM, Lang FF, Fuller G, Sawaya R. Surgical management of lateral ventricle metastases: report of 29 cases in a single institution experience. J Neurosurg 112(5):1046-55, May, 2010. PMID: 19663549.
5. Hatiboglu MA, Weinberg JS, Suki D, Tummala S, Rao G, Sawaya R, Prabhu SS. Utilization of intraoperative motor mapping in glioma surgery with high field intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging. Stereotact Funct Neurosurg 88(6):345-352, Aug 21, 2010. PMID: 20733348.
6. Tatsui CE, Lang FF, Gumin J, Suki D, Rhines LD. An orthotopic murine model of human spinal metastasis: histological and functional correlations. J Neurosurg Spine 10(6):501-512, June, 2009. PMID: 19558282.
7. Suki D, Hatiboglu MA, Patel AJ, Weinberg JS, Groves MD, Mahajan A, Sawaya R. Comparative risk of leptomeningeal dissemination of cancer after surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery for a single supratentorial solid tumor metastasis. Neurosurgery 64(4):664-676, Apr, 2009. PMID: 19197219.
8. Fox BD, Patel A, Suki D, Rao G. Surgical management of metastatic sarcoma to the brain. J Neurosurg 110(1):181-186, 2009. PMID: 18834268.
9. Suki D, Abouassi H, Patel AJ, Sawaya R, Weinberg J, Groves MD. Comparative risk of leptomeningeal disease after resection or stereotactic radiosurgery for solid tumor metastasis to the posterior fossa. J Neurosurg 108(2):248-57, 2/2008. PMID: 18240919.
10. Pelloski CE, Ballman KV, Furth AF, Zhang L, Lin E, Sulman EP, Bhat K, McDonald JM, Yung WK, Colman H, Woo SY, Heimberger AB, Suki D, Prados MD, Chang SM, Barker FG 2nd, Buckner JC, James CD, Aldape K. Epidermal growth factor receptor variant III status defines clinically distinct subtypes of glioblastoma. J Clin Oncol 25(16):2288-94, 2007. PMID: 17538175.
11. Aoki H, Yokoyama T, Fujiwara K, Tari AM, Sawaya R, Suki D, Hess KR, Aldape KD, Kondo S, Kumar R, Kondo Y. Phosphorylated Pak1 level in the cytoplasm correlates with shorter survival time in patients with glioblastoma. Clin Cancer Res 13(22 Pt 1):6603-9, 2007. PMID: 18006760.
12. Lacroix M, Abi-Said (Suki) D, Fourney DR, Gokaslan ZL, Shi W, DeMonte F, Lang FF, McCutcheon IE, Hassenbusch SJ, Holland E, Michael C, Miller D, Sawaya R. A multivariate analysis of 416 patients with glioblastoma multiforme: Extent of resection and survival. J Neurosurg 95:190-8, 2001. PMID: 11780887.
13. York JE, Berk RH, Fuller GN, Rao JS, Abi-Said (Suki) D, Wildrick DM, Gokaslan ZL.. Chondrosarcoma of the spine: 1954 to 1997. J Neurosurg 90(Suppl 1):73-8, 1999. PMID: 10413129.
14. York JE, Kaczaraj A, Abi-Said (Suki) D, Fuller GN, Skibber JM, Janjan NA, Gokaslan ZL. Sacral chordoma: 40-year experience at a major cancer center. Neurosurgery 44(1):74-80, 1999.

Invited Articles

1. Suki D, Lang FF, Maldaun MVC, Abouassi H, Chang EL, de Aguiar PHP, Sawaya R. Complications of stereotactic radiosurgery in patients with brain metastases: considerations for deep and functional brain tumor locations. Neurosurgery Q 17(2):81-91, 6/2007.
2. Suki D. Building data quality into clinical research: the role and requirements of clinical information systems. SoCRA Source 51:20-6, 2/2007.

Book Chapters

1. Sawaya R, Bindal RK, Lang FF, Suki D. Metastatic Brain Tumors. In: Kaye AH, Laws ER, (eds). In: Brain Tumors: An Encyclopedic Approach. 3rd Edition. Elsevier Saunders: Philadelphia, PA, 864-92, 2011.
2. Lang FF, Chang EL, Suki D, Wildrick DM, Sawaya R. Metastatic Brain Tumors. In: Winn HR, (ed). In: Youmans Neurological Surgery, 6th Edition. 2, 6th. Ed(s) Winn HR. Elsevier Saunders: Philadelphia, PA, 1410-1425, 2011.
3. Suki D. The Epidemiology of Brain Metastasis. In: Sawaya R, (ed), Intracranial Metastases: Current Management Strategies. Blackwell Publishing/Futura Division: Elmsford, NY, 20-34, 2004.

Last updated: 8/14/2013