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George A. Eapen, MD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Deputy Department Chair, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Section Chief, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Interventional Pulmonology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler St.
Unit Number: 1462
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT12.6010
Phone: 713-563-4256
Fax: 713-794-4922

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1990 College of Medical Sciences Medical School, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, MD, Medicine

Postgraduate Training

7/1998-7/2001 Clinical Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, Joseph Rodarte, MD
6/1994-6/1997 Clinical Residency, Internal Medicine, Southern Illinois School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, David Stewart, MD.

Board Certifications

11/2002 ABIM-Critical Care
11/2001 ABIM-Pulmonary
11/1998 ABIM-Internal Medicine

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 9/2008-8/2014
Assistant Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 11/2001-9/2008
Assistant Professor, Department of Critical Care, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 11/2001-8/2007
Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 7/1998-10/2001
Chief Resident, Southern Illinois University SOM, Springfield, IL, 6/1997-6/1998
Residency, Southern Illinois University SOM, Springfield, IL, 6/1994-6/1997

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Program Director, Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 10/2007-present
Director of Educational Programs, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 7/2003-present

Military or Other Governmental Service

Colonel, United States Army Reserve, 10/1998-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, CME Advisory Committee, 9/2011-present
Chair, Clinical Research Committee, 2009-9/2012

Honors and Awards

2011 Afghan Campaign Medal With Campaign Star, United States Army
2011 Army Commendation Medal, United States Army
2011 Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas, Houston
2008 Army Commendation Medal, United States Army
2008 Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, United States Army
2006 Army Achievement Medal, United States Army
2003 Army Commendation Medal, United States Army
2002 Army Achievement Medal, United States Army
2002 Army Commendation Medal, United States Army
1996 Barry Breen Award for Outstanding Resident, Southern Illinois School of Medicine

Professional Memberships

AABIP - American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
Member, Board of Directors, 2009-2014
American College of Chest Physicians
Member, 2003-present
NCCN - National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Fort Washington, PA
Lung Cancer Screening Guideline Panel Member, 2010-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Ost DE, Ernst A, Grosu HB, Lei X, Diaz-Mendoza J, Slade M, Gildea TR, Machuzak M, Jimenez CA, Toth J, Kovitz KL, Ray C, Greenhill S, Casal RF, Almeida FA, Wahidi M, Eapen GA, Feller-Kopman D, Morice RC, Benzaquen S, Tremblay A, Simoff M. Therapeutic Bronchoscopy for Malignant Central Airway Obstruction: Success Rates and Impact on Dyspnea and Quality of Life. Chest. e-Pub 10/30/2014. PMID: 25358019.
2. Saettele TM, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA. Peripheral T-cell lymphoma of the pleura. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 190(5):587, 9/1/2014. PMID: 25171310.
3. Massarelli E, Onn A, Marom EM, Alden CM, Liu DD, Tran HT, Mino B, Wistuba II, Faiz SA, Bashoura L, Eapen GA, Morice RC, Jack Lee J, Hong WK, Herbst RS, Jimenez CA. Vandetanib and indwelling pleural catheter for non-small-cell lung cancer with recurrent malignant pleural effusion. Clin Lung Cancer 15(5):379-86, 9/2014. e-Pub 5/14/2014. PMCID: PMC4160385.
4. Ost DE, Jimenez CA, Lei X, Cantor SB, Grosu HB, Lazarus DR, Faiz SA, Bashoura L, Shannon VR, Balachandran D, Noor L, Hashmi YB, Casal RF, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Quality-adjusted Survival Following Treatment of Malignant Pleural Effusions with Indwelling Pleural Catheters. Chest 145(6):1347-56, 6/2014. PMID: 24480929.
5. Casal RF, Ost DE, Eapen GA. Flexible bronchoscopy. Clin Chest Med 34(3):341-52, 9/2013. e-Pub 6/2013. PMID: 23993807.
6. Grosu HB, Casal RF, Morice RC, Nogueras-González GM, Eapen GA, Ost D, Sarkiss MG, Jimenez CA. Bronchoscopic findings and bleeding control predict survival in patients with solid malignancies presenting with mild hemoptysis. Ann Am Thorac Soc 10(4):342-9, 8/2013. PMID: 23952853.
7. Casal RF, Iribarren J, Eapen G, Ost D, Morice R, Lan C, Cornwell L, Almeida FA, Grosu H, Jimenez CA. Safety and Effectiveness of Microdebrider Bronchoscopy for the Management of Central Airway Obstruction. Respirology 18(6):1011-5, 8/2013. e-Pub 3/25/2013. PMID: 23520982.
8. Grosu HB, Eapen GA, Morice RC, Jimenez CA, Casal RF, Almeida FA, Sarkiss MG, Ost DE. Stents Are Associated with Increased Risk of Respiratory Infections in Patients Undergoing Airway Interventions for Malignant Airway Disease. Chest 144(2):441-9, 8/2013. e-Pub 3/2013. PMID: 23471176.
9. Grosu HB, Morice RC, Ost D, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA. A watery mediastinal mass. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 187(10):1135-6, 5/15/2013. PMID: 23675716.
10. Almeida FA, Casal RF, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Uzbeck M, Sarkiss M, Rice D, Morice RC, Ost DE. Quality Gaps and Comparative Effectiveness in Lung Cancer Staging: The impact of test sequencing on outcomes. Chest. e-Pub 5/23/2013. PMID: 23703671.
11. Eapen GA, Shah AM, Lei X, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Yarmus L, Filner J, Ray C, Michaud G, Greenhill SR, Sarkiss M, Casal R, Rice D, Ost DE, American College of Chest Physicians Quality Improvement Registry, Education. Complications, Consequences, and Practice Patterns of Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration: Results of the AQuIRE Registry. Chest 143(4):1044-53, 4/2013. e-Pub 11/1/2012. PMCID: PMC3616680.
12. Grosu HB, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Ost D, Sarkiss MG, Eapen GA. Cryptogenic bronchial stenosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 187(3):327, 2/1/2013. PMID: 23378438.
13. Faiz SA, Bashoura L, Lei X, Sampat KR, Brown TC, Eapen GA, Morice RC, Ferrajoli A, Jimenez CA. Pleural Effusions in Patients with Acute Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome. Leuk Lymphoma 54(2):329-35, 2/2013. e-Pub 9/10/2012. PMID: 22812422.
14. Casal RF, Bashoura L, Ost D, Chiu HT, Faiz SA, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Detecting Medical Device Complications: Lessons From an Indwelling Pleural Catheter Clinic. Am J Med Qual 30(12):69-75, Jan-Feb, 1/2013. e-Pub 7/3/2012. PMID: 22763365.
15. Casal RF, Staerkel GA, Ost D, Almeida FA, Uzbeck MH, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Nogueras-Gonzalez GM, Sarkiss M, Morice RC. Randomized Clinical Trial of Endobronchial Ultrasound Needle Biopsy With and Without Aspiration. Chest 142(3):568-73, 9/2012. e-Pub 12/8/2011. PMID: 22156610.
16. Lopez Guerra JL, Gomez D, Zhuang Y, Levy LB, Eapen G, Liu H, Mohan R, Komaki R, Cox JD, Liao Z. Change in diffusing capacity after radiation as an objective measure for grading radiation pneumonitis in patients treated for non-small-cell lung cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 83(5):1573-9, 8/1/2012. PMID: 22768989.
17. Lopez Guerra JL, Gomez DR, Zhuang Y, Levy LB, Eapen G, Liu H, Mohan R, Komaki R, Cox JD, Liao Z. Changes in pulmonary function after three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, or proton beam therapy for non-small-cell lung cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 83(4):e537-43, 7/15/2012. e-Pub 3/13/2012. PMID: 22420964.
18. Srinivasan R, Bhutani MS, Thosani N, Saftoiu A, Rice DC, Ioncica AM, Eapen GA, Gupta P, Jaganmohan S, Artifon EL, Zwischenberger JB. Clinical impact of EUS-FNA of mediastinal lymph nodes in patients with known or suspected lung cancer or mediastinal lymph nodes of unknown etiology. J Gastrointestin Liver Dis 21(2):145-52, 6/2012. PMID: 22720302.
19. Ost DE, Shah AM, Lei X, Godoy MC, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Jani P, Larson AJ, Sarkiss MG, Morice RC. Respiratory Infections Increase the Risk of Granulation Tissue Formation Following Airway Stenting in Patients with Malignant Airway Obstruction. Chest 141(6):1473-81, 6/2012. e-Pub 12/22/2011. PMID: 22194585.
20. Ost DE, Ernst A, Lei X, Feller-Kopman D, Eapen GA, Kovitz KL, Herth FJ, Simoff M, AQuIRE Bronchoscopy Registry. Diagnostic Yield of Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration: Results of the AQuIRE Registry. Chest 140(6):1557-66, 12/2011. e-Pub 6/2011. PMID: 21659432.
21. Almeida FA, Bruno DS, Faiz S, Hinrichs B, Eapen GA, Bashoura L. Hemothorax Treated With Indwelling Tunneled Pleural Catheter. Are All Hemothoraces the Same? J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol 18(3):261-4, 7/2011. PMID: 23208571.
22. Filner JJ, Bonura EJ, Lau ST, Abounasr KK, Naidich D, Morice RC, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Casal RF, Ost D. Bronchoscopic fibered confocal fluorescence microscopy image characteristics and pathologic correlations. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol 18(1):23-30, 1/2011. PMID: 23169014.
23. Khazai L, Kundu UR, Jacob B, Patel S, Sneige N, Eapen GA, Morice RC, Caraway NP. Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration biopsy is useful evaluating mediastinal lymphadenopathy in a cancer center. Cytojournal 8:10, 2011. e-Pub 5/2011. PMCID: PMC3120041.
24. Casal RF, Jimenez CA, Mehran RJ, Eapen GA, Ost D, Sarkiss M, Morice RC. Infected mediastinal bronchogenic cyst successfully treated by endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration. Ann Thorac Surg 90(4):e52-3, 10/2010. PMID: 20868780.
25. Kouskov OS, Almeida FA, Eapen GA, Uzbeck M, Deffebach M. Mediastinal Infection After Ultrasound-guided Needle Aspiration. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol 17(4):338-41, 10/2010. PMID: 23168957.
26. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Sarkiss M, Lei X, Rice D, Eapen GA. Factors Influencing the Diagnostic Yield of Endobronchial Ultrasound-guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration. J Bronchology Interv Pulmonol 17(3):202-8, 7/2010. PMID: 23168884.
27. Kim ES, Hong WK, Lee JJ, Mao L, Morice RC, Liu DD, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Lotan R, Tang X, Newman RA, Wistuba II, Kurie JM. Biological activity of celecoxib in the bronchial epithelium of current and former smokers. Cancer Prev Res (Phila Pa) 3(2):148-59, 2/2010. PMID: 20103722.
28. Ozcakar B, Martinez CH, Morice RC, Eapen GA, Ost D, Sarkiss MG, Chiu HT, Jimenez CA. Does pleural fluid appearance really matter? The relationship between fluid appearance and cytology, cell counts, and chemical laboratory measurements in pleural effusions of patients with cancer. J Cardiothorac Surg 5:63, 2010. PMID: 20718978.
29. Morice RC, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Mehran RJ, Keus L, Ost D. Using quantitative breath sound measurements to predict lung function following resection. J Cardiothorac Surg 5:81, 2010. e-Pub 10/2010. PMCID: PMC2964689.
30. Rice DC, Steliga MA, Stewart J, Eapen G, Jimenez CA, Lee JH, Hofstetter WL, Marom EM, Mehran RJ, Vaporciyan AA, Walsh GL, Swisher SG. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration for staging of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Ann Thorac Surg 88(3):862-8; discussion 868-9, 9/2009. PMID: 19699913.
31. Casal RF, Adachi R, Jimenez CA, Sarkiss M, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Diagnosis of invasive aspergillus tracheobronchitis facilitated by endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration: a case report. J Med Case Reports 3:9290, 2009. PMCID: PMC2783092.
32. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Bruzzi JF, Mhatre AD, Lei X, Giles FJ, Fanning T, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Endobronchial ultrasound guided transbronchial needle aspiration in the diagnosis of lymphoma. Thorax 63(4):295-6, 4/2008. e-Pub 10/2007. PMID: 17965071.
33. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Chang J, Fossella F, Eapen GA, Morice RC. Optimisation of bronchial brachytherapy catheter placement with a modified airway stent. Eur Respir J 31(4):902-3, 4/2008. PMID: 18378785.
34. Bashoura L, Gupta S, Jain A, Couriel DR, Komanduri KV, Eapen GA, Safdar A, Broglio KR, Adachi R, Dickey BF. Inhaled corticosteroids stabilize constrictive bronchiolitis after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplant 41(1):63-7, 1/2008. e-Pub 10/2007. PMID: 17934530.
35. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Mhatre AD, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Clinical implications of granulomatous inflammation detected by endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration in patients with suspected cancer recurrence in the mediastinum. J Cardiothorac Surg 3(1):8, 2008. e-Pub 2/2008. PMCID: PMC2291049.
36. Jimenez CA, Mhatre AD, Martinez CH, Eapen GA, Onn A, Morice RC. Use of an indwelling pleural catheter for the management of recurrent chylothorax in patients with cancer. Chest 132(5):1584-90, 11/2007. e-Pub 9/21/2007. PMID: 17890482.
37. Kennedy MP, Morice RC, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA. Endobronchial ultrasound appearance of pulmonary artery thrombus in a patient with thymic carcinoma. J Thorac Oncol 2 (9)(9):862, 9/2007. PMID: 17805065.
38. Gupta S, Jain A, Warneke CL, Gupta A, Shannon VR, Morice RC, Onn A, Jimenez CA, Bashoura L, Giralt SA, Dickey BF, Eapen GA. Outcome of alveolar hemorrhage in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. Bone Marrow Transplant 40 (1)(1):71-8, 7/2007. e-Pub 5/2007. PMID: 17483846.
39. Kennedy MP, Morice RC, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA. Treatment of bronchial airway obstruction using a rotating tip microdebrider: a case report. J Cardiothorac Surg 2:16:16, 2007. e-Pub 3/2007. PMCID: PMC1847429.
40. Baser S, Shannon VR, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Onn A, Lin E, Morice RC. Smoking cessation after diagnosis of lung cancer is associated with a beneficial effect on performance status. Chest 130(6):1784-90, 12/2006. PMID: 17166997.
41. Klopp AH, Eapen GA, Komaki RR. Endobronchial brachytherapy: an effective option for palliation of malignant bronchial obstruction. Clin Lung Cancer 8 (3)(3):203-7, 11/2006. PMID: 17239296.
42. Baser S, Shannon VR, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Onn A, Keus L, Lin E, Morice RC. Pulmonary dysfunction as a major cause of inoperability among patients with non-small-cell lung cancer. Clin Lung Cancer 7(5):344-9, 3/2006. PMID: 16640807.
43. Gupta S, Jain A, Fanning TV, Couriel DR, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA. An unusual cause of Alveolar Hemorrhage post hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: A case report. BMC Cancer 6:87, 2006. e-Pub 4/2006. PMCID: PMC1479356.
44. Wallace MJ, Jean JL, Gupta S, Eapen GA, Johnson MM, Ahrar K, Madoff DC, Morello FA, Murthy R, Hicks ME. Use of inferior vena caval filters and survival in patients with malignancy. Cancer 101(8):1902-7, 10/2004. PMID: 15386336.

Invited Articles

1. Grosu HB, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Ost D. Lung cancer screening: making the transition from research to clinical practice. Curr Opin Pulm Med 18(4):295-303, 7/2012. PMID: 22617813.
2. Wood DE, Eapen GA, Ettinger DS, Hou L, Jackman D, Kazerooni E, Klippenstein D, Lackner RP, Leard L, Leung AN, Massion PP, Meyers BF, Munden RF, Otterson GA, Peairs K, Pipavath S, Pratt-Pozo C, Reddy C, Reid ME, Rotter AJ, Schabath MB, Sequist LV, Tong BC, Travis WD, Unger M, Yang SC. Lung cancer screening. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 10(2):240-65, 2/2012. PMID: 22308518.
3. Uzbeck MH, Almeida FA, Sarkiss MG, Morice RC, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Kennedy MP. Management of malignant pleural effusions. Adv Ther 27(6):334-47, 6/2010. PMID: 20544327.
4. Casal RF, Tam AL, Eapen GA. Radiofrequency ablation of lung tumors. Clin Chest Med 31(1):151-63, Table of Contents, 3/2010. PMID: 20172441.
5. Casal RF, Eapen GA, Morice RC, Jimenez CA. Medical thoracoscopy. Curr Opin Pulm Med 15(4):313-20, 7/2009. PMID: 19387349.
6. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Ultrasound-guided endobronchial, endoscopic, and transthoracic biopsy. Semin Respir Crit Care Med 29(4):453-64, 8/2008. PMID: 18651362.
7. Sarkiss M, Kennedy M, Riedel B, Norman P, Morice R, Jimenez C, Eapen G. Anesthesia technique for endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of mediastinal lymph node. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth 21(6):892-6, 12/2007. PMID: 18068076.

Editorials

1. Ost D, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Morice RC. Improving procedural training and certification in pulmonary medicine. Chest 137(1):6-8, 1/2010. PMID: 20051398.
Other Articles
1. Grosu HB, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA, Ost D, Moran C, Morice RC. The iron lady. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 186(5):460, 9/1/2012. PMID: 22942346.
2. Grosu HB, Morice RC, Almeida FA, Ost D, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA. A flexible knot to untie. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185(11):1244, 6/1/2012. PMID: 22661525.
3. Shah A, Ost D, Eapen GA, Morice RC, Jimenez CA. Diagnostic methylene blue test for stent covered tracheoesophageal fistula. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185(7):e9, 4/1/2012. PMID: 22467810.
4. Shah AM, Morice RC, Ost D, Eapen GA, Betancourt SL, Jimenez CA. High-riding pericardial recess mimicking metastatic mediastinal lymph node. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 185(1):e1, 1/1/2012. PMID: 22210796.

Abstracts

1. Iribarren J, MD; Casal R, MD; Eapen GA, MD; Jimenez C, MD; Lan C, DO; Lazarus DR, MD; Morice R, MD; Ost D, MD. Safety and Effectiveness of Microdebrider Bronchoscopy for the Management of Central Airway Obstruction. Chest (#1390570), 2012.

Book Chapters

1. Lazarus D, Rice D, Eapen G. Bronchoscopic Interventions for Lung Cancer. In: Lung Cancer Book. Wiley, 2012.
2. Lazarus DR, Jimenez CA, Eapen GA. Endobronchial Ultrasound. In: Interventional Pulmonology. Ed(s) Rodriguez A, Diaz-Jimenez P, 2012.
3. Shannon VR, Eapen GA, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Travis EL, Bashoura L, Safdar A, Adachi R, Balachandran D, Faiz S, Dickey BF. Respiratory Complications, Pulmonary Hypertension. In: Cancer Medicine. 8. Holland-Frei, 2010.
4. Fein A, Kamholz S, Ost D. Immunocompriomised host / BMT Chapter 16. In: Respiratory Emergencies 2006. Hodder Arnold, Health Sciences, 2006.
5. Kufe DW, Bast Jr. RC, Hait W, Hong WK, Pollock RE Weichselbaum RR, Holland JF, Frei E. Respiratory Complications Chapter 135 (Malignant Airway Obstruction). In: Cancer Medicine. 7. BC Decker Publications, 2006.

Letters to the Editor

1. Kennedy MP, Jimenez CA, Morice RC, Eapen GA. Is endobronchial ultrasound additive to routine bronchoscopy in diagnosing sarcoidosis? Eur Respir J 30 (3)(3):601-2, 9/2007. PMID: 17766640.
2. Kennedy MP, Shweihat Y, Sarkiss M, Eapen GA. Complete mediastinal and hilar lymph node staging of primary lung cancer by endobronchial ultrasound: moderate sedation or general anesthesia? Chest 134(6):1350-1; author reply 1351, 12/2008. PMID: 19059973.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Comparative effectiveness of indwelling pleural catheters versus thoracoscopic pleurodesis for treatment of malignant pleural effusions
Funding Source: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Role: Collaborator
Principal Investigator: David Ost
Duration: 3/1/2010 - 2/28/2012
 
Title: Multimodality virtual endoscopy with hybrid PET/CT units
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Co-Investigator
Principal Investigator: Luc Bidaut
Duration: 4/1/2006 - 3/31/2008

Last updated: 3/23/2015