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Elizabeth Riley Keeler, M. D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Elizabeth R. Keeler, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, Dr. Keeler received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.  Dr. Keeler has been a faculty member in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology since 2005, when she completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Christus St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas.   Dr. Keeler consults on both in-patients and ambulatory patients at M.D. Anderson who have cancer and suffer from gynecologic problems.  Her specialties include treatment of dysfunctional uterine bleeding, cervical dysplasia, menopausal symptom management and sexual dysfunction.  In addition, she staffs the Ovarian Cancer Screening Clinic at M. D. Anderson and is a collaborator in many clinical trials for women who are at high risk for gynecologic malignancies.  She has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery, particularly hysteroscopy and laparoscopy.  She provides a personal and individualized approach to each patient which is the cornerstone of her practice.

Dr. Keeler is active in both the local community and at the national level.  She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is an active member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, and the Houston Obstetric and Gynecologic Society.  Dr. Keeler is an invited lecturer around the nation on ovarian cancer screening, genetic risk factors for gynecologic cancers and gynecologic problems in patients with malignancies.  She has authored several book chapters on ovarian cancer screening and gynecologic problems in patients with cancer.


Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Gynecologic Oncology & Reproductive Medicine
1155 Pressler Street
Unit Number: 1362
Houston, TX 77030
Fax: 713-792-7586

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2001 University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, MD, Medicine
1996 Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, BS, Nutritional Science

Postgraduate Training

2/2010 Certification, CO2 Laser Certification Training, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
7/2001-6/2005 Clinical Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Christus St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, TX, Dr. Eugene Toy

Board Certifications

1/2007 American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Institutional Committee Activities

Gynecologic Expert, Stem Cell Transplant Survivorship Program, 2008-2012
Member, Faculty Senate, 8/2007-8/2010
Member, Faculty Senate Ethics Sub-Committee, 2007-2012

Professional Memberships

American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Abstract Reviewer for Annual Clinical Meeting, 5/2008
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellow, 1/2007-present
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
ACOG District Sponsored Participant, 2006 Congressional Leadership Conference, 3/2006
American Medical Association
Member, 2005-present
American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
Member, 2006-present
Harris County Medical Society
Member, 2001-present
Houston Gynecological & Obstetrical Society
Member, 2006-present
Texas Medical Association
Member, 2001-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Nebgen DR, Lu KH, Rimes S, Keeler E , Broaddus R, Munsell MF, Lynch PM. Combined colonoscopy and endometrial biopsy cancer screening results in women with Lynch syndrome. Gynecol Oncol 135(1):85-9, 10/2014. e-Pub 8/2014. PMID: 25149916.
2. Holman L, Brandt A, Daniels M, Arun B, Keeler E , Gershenson D, Sun C, Lu K. Risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy and prophylactic mastectomy among BRCA mutation "previvors". Gynecol Oncol 127(1 Suppl):S17, 10/2012. PMID: 24989533.
3. Rimes S, Brandt A, Gano J, Keeler E , Lu K. Counseling women at high risk of ovarian or endometrial cancer. Oncology: Nurse Edition 25(10), 10/2011.
4. Yates MS, Meyer LA, Deavers MT, Daniels MS, Keeler ER , Mok SC, Gershenson DM, Lu KH. Microscopic and early stage ovarian cancers in BRCA 1/2 mutation carriers: building a model for early BRCA-associated tumorigenesis. Cancer Prev Res (Phila) 4(3):463-70, 3/2011. e-Pub 1/2011. PMCID: PMC3048908.
5. Floyd JR, Keeler ER , Euscher ED, McCutcheon IE. Cyclic sciatica from extrapelvic endometriosis affecting the sciatic nerve. J Neurosurg Spine 14(2):281-9, 2/2011. e-Pub 12/2010. PMID: 21184633.
6. Huang M, Sun C, Boyd-Rogers S, Burzawa J, Milbourne A, Keeler E , Yzquierdo R, Lynch P, Peterson SK, Lu K. Prospective study of combined colon and endometrial cancer screening in women with lynch syndrome: a patient-centered approach. J Oncol Pract 7(1):43-7, 1/2011. PMCID: PMC3014510.
7. Keeler E , Morris R, Patolia D, Toy E. Evaluation and management of palpitations. Primary Care Update for OB/Gyns 9:199-205, 2002.


1. Bradford A, Nebgen D, Keeler E , Milbourne A. A comprehensive program to meet the sexual health needs of women with cancer, 6/2014.
2. Iglesias DA, Sun C, Langstraat C, Bakkum-Gamez J, El Nashar S, Keeler E , Gershenson D, Lu KH. Management and clinical outcomes of women with BRCA 1/2 mutations found to have occult cancers at the time of risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy. Gynecologic Oncology 120(1(1)):137, 3/2011.
3. Lacour RA, Westin SN, Meyer LA, Soliman PT, Keeler ER , Boyd-Rogers SG, Urbauer DL, Broaddus RR, Loose DS, Lu KH. Alterations in estrogen-associated proliferation markers in histologically-normal endometrium of obese women. J of Clin Oncol 26(15S):684s, 2008.
4. Keeler E , Hollier L. The birth complications associated with infants weighing over 5000 grams at birth. 2001.

Book Chapters

1. Keeler ER , Lu KH. Ovarian Cancer Screening. In: Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer. Ed(s) RE Bristow, DK Armstrong. Elsevier: Philadelphia, PA, 87-108, 2010.
2. Keeler E , Ramirez PT and Freedman RS. Gynecologic Problems in Patients with Breast Cancer. In: The M.D. Anderson Cancer Care Series: Breast Cancer, 2nd. Ed(s) Buzdar, AU, Freedman, RS. Springer: New York, Berlin, Heidelberg, 435-460, 2008.
3. Lu KH, Keeler ER . Ovarian Cancer Screening. In: Early Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer. Elsevier: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2008.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Cancer Center Support (Core) Grant, Project 13, Gynecological/Ovarian Program
Funding Source: NIH
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Mendelsohn
Duration: 7/1/1978 - 6/30/2008

Last updated: 2/25/2016