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Eduardo M. Diaz, Jr., MD, FACS

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor and Surgeon, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Vice President, Clinical Development, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Medical Director International Programs, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Medical Director, International Patient Center, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Medical Liaison (ad interim), Centro Oncologico M.D. Anderson International, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX
Adjunct Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Head and Neck Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

As vice president for global clinical programs, Eduardo M. Diaz, Jr., MD, provides primary clinical oversight, direction, strategic planning and management of the development and delivery of clinical aspects of cancer care at locations beyond M. D. Anderson's main campus in the Texas Medical Center.  In this capacity, he has traveled extensively throughout the world, including Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. 

Diaz is a professor in the Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and serves as medical liaison to M. D. Anderson-Espana through his position on the Board of Directors for Centro Oncologico M. D. Anderson Internacional-Espana.

Since joining M. D. Anderson's faculty in 1995, Diaz has fulfilled numerous roles in administration.  Most recently, in addition to international programs, he served as chairman of the Medical Practices Subcommittee of the Medical Staff and served on the Executive Committee as well.

Research Interests

Laryngeal conservation in the treatment of laryngeal cancers

Clinical Interests

Laryngeal conservation in the treatment of laryngeal cancers
Cancers of the tongue and oral cavity
Cancers of the skin including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinomas
Thyroid neoplasms
Skull base surgery

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
7007 Bertner Avenue
Unit Number: 1667
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: 1MC10.2110
Phone: 713-745-2231
Fax: 713-563-1482

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1989 Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, MD, Doctor or Medicine
1985 The University of Texas, Austin, TX, BA, Zoology (Highest Honors)

Postgraduate Training

7/1994-6/1995 Fellow, Joint Council for Approval of Advanced Training in Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery,, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Dr. Helmuth Goepfert
7/1993-6/1994 Chief Resident, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, Dr. Charles Stiernberg
7/1991-6/1993 Resident, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX, Dr. Charles Stiernberg
7/1989-6/1991 Resident, General Surgery, Preliminary, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX

Board Certifications

5/1995 American Board of Otolaryngology

Honors and Awards

2012 Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors for Cancer
2012 Castle Connolly America's Top Doctors, 11th Edition
2012 US News & World Report Top Doctors
2011-2012 Best Doctors in America
2011 Castle Connolly America's Top Doctor
2010 Carlos J. Finlay Award, Institute of Hispanic Culture
2009-2010 Best Doctors in America
2009 Texas Super Doctors
2007-2008 Best Doctors in America
2005-2006 Best Doctors in America
2003 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award
1985 Phi Beta Kappa, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Chairman, Instructional Course Advisory Committee, 9/2007-present
Board of Directors, 2007-present
Member, Business of Medicine Committee, 2005-present
Member, Board of Governors, 2000-present
Consultant, Program Advisory Committee, 1993-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Lewin JS, Holsinger FC, Hutcheson KA, Barringer DA, May AK, Roberts DB, Diaz EM Jr. Functional analysis of swallowing outcomes after supracricoid partial laryngectomy. Head Neck 30(5):559-566, 2008.
2. Kupferman ME, Morrison WH, Santillan AA, Roberts D, Diaz Jr EM, Garden AS, Weber R. The Role of Interstitial Brachytherapy with Salvage Surgery for the Management of Recurrent Head and Neck Cancers. Cancer 109:2052-2057, 5/2007.
3. Holsinger FC, Diaz EM, Jr. Concurrent chemoradiation is now the standard of care for intermediate- and advanced-stage laryngeal cancer. Head Neck 28:1058-1060, 2006. PMID: 17099907.
4. Holsinger FC, Funk E, Roberts DB, Diaz EM, Jr. Conservation laryngeal surgery versus total laryngectomy for radiation failure in laryngeal cancer. Head Neck 28:779-784, 2006. PMID: 16637055.
5. Diaz EM, Jr, Johnigan RH, Pero C, El-Naggar AK, Roberts DB, Barker JL, DeMonte F. Olfactory neuroblastoma: the 22-year experience at one comprehensive cancer center. Head Neck 27:138-149, 2005. PMID: 15654688.

Last updated: 4/8/2014