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Gunar K. Zagars, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1971 University of Sydney School of Medicine, Sydney, Australia, Bachelor of Surgery, Honors II, Surgery
1971 University of Sydney School of Medicine, Sydney, Australia, Bachelor of Medicine, Honors II, Medicine
1968 University of Sydney School of Medicine, Sydney, Australia, BS, Medicine Honors I, Medicine

Postgraduate Training

1976-1978 Radiotherapy Registrar, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia
1975 Histopathology Registrar, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia
1973-1974 Medical Registrar, St. Vincentís Hospital, Sydney, Australia
1971-1972 Clinical Residency, St. Vincentís Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Radiotherapy, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1992-1994
Associate Professor, Radiotherapy, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1988-1992
Assistant Professor, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center And Tumor Institute, Houston, TX, 1987-1988
Assistant Radiotherapist, Radiotherapy, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Tumor Institute, Houston, TX, 1984-1987
Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1980-1983
Senior Instructor, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1979-1980

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

AJCC Task Force on Testis Cancer, 1994
Urologic Oncology Resource Consultant, Legislative Task Force on Cancer in Texas, Houston, TX, 1986-1994

Institutional Committee Activities

Alternate Member, Medical Practice Subcommittee, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1994-present
Member, Conduct of Care Committee, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1989-1991
Member, Committee on Continuing Medical Education (CME), M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1989-1990
Member, Medical Practice Subcommittee, The University of Texas System Cancer Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, TX, 1987-1994
Member, Quality Assurance Committee - Department of Clinical Radiotherapy, The University of Texas System M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, TX, 1986-1991
Program Director, Radiotherapy Residency Training Program, The University of Texas System Cancer Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, TX, 1986-1989
Member, Ambulatory Quality Assurance Committee, The University of Texas System Cancer Center M.D. Anderson Hospital Tumor Institute, Houston, TX, 1986-1988
Member, Radiotherapy Residency Training Committee, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1985-1992
Alternate Member, Investigational Drug Pharmacy Therapeutics Committee, The University of Texas System Cancer Center M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, TX, 1984-1985
Quality Control Officer, Quality Control Officer of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) Radiation Therapy Quality Control Office, Quality control of cooperative group radiation therapy treatment, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 1980-1983

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Guadagnolo BA, Prieto V, Weber R, Ross MI, Zagars GK. The role of adjuvant radiotherapy in the local management of desmoplastic melanoma. Cancer 120(9):1361-8, 5/2014. e-Pub 10/2013. PMID: 24142803.
2. Castle KO, Guadagnolo BA, Tsai CJ, Feig BW, Zagars GK. Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans: long-term outcomes of 53 patients treated with conservative surgery and radiation therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 86(3):585-590, 7/2013. e-Pub 4/2013. PMID: 23628134.
3. Guadagnolo BA, Xu Y, Zagars GK, Cormier JN, Pollock RE, Feig BW, Giordano S, Buchholz TA, Shih YC. A Population-Based Study of the Quality of Care in the Diagnosis of Large (=5 cm) Soft Tissue Sarcomas. Am J Clin Oncol 35(5):455-61, 10/2012. e-Pub 4/2011. PMID: 21537147.
4. Wang WL, Katz D, Araujo DM, Ravi V, Ludwig JA, Trent JC, Patel SR, Lin PP, Guadagnolo A, LÚpez-Terrada D, Dei Tos AP, Lewis VO, Lev D, Pollock RE, Zagars GK, Benjamin RS, Madewell JE, Lazar AJ. Extensive adipocytic maturation can be seen in myxoid liposarcomas treated with neoadjuvant doxorubicin and ifosfamide and pre-operative radiation therapy. Clin Sarcoma Res 2(1):25, 2012. e-Pub 12/2012. PMCID: PMC3599544.
5. Kelly P, Zagars GK, Cormier JN, Ross MI, Guadagnolo BA. Sphincter-sparing local excision and hypofractionated radiation therapy for anorectal melanoma: A 20-Year Experience. Cancer 117(20):4747-4755, 10/2011. e-Pub 3/2011. PMID: 21446049.
6. Guadagnolo BA, Zagars GK, Araujo D, Ravi V, Shellenberger TD, Sturgis EM. Outcomes after definitive treatment for cutaneous angiosarcoma of the face and scalp. Head Neck 33(5):661-667, 5/2011. e-Pub 10/2010. PMID: 20960566.
7. Goebell PJ, Groshen SG, Schmitz-Dršger BJ, International Study-Initiative on Bladder Cancer (ISBC) [Zagars G]. p53 immunohistochemistry in bladder cancer--a new approach to an old question. Urol Oncol 28(4):377-388, Jul-Aug, 7/2010. PMID: 20610276.
8. Guadagnolo BA, Myers JN, Zagars GK. Role of postoperative irradiation for patients with bilateral cervical nodal metastases from cutaneous melanoma: a critical assessment. Head Neck 32(6):708-713, 6/2010. PMID: 19787786.
9. Chaney AW, Pollack A, McNeese MD, Zagars GK, Pisters PW, Pollock RE, Hunt KK. Primary treatment of cystosarcoma phyllodes of the breast. Cancer 89:1502-1511, 2000. PMID: 11013364.

Last updated: 2/23/2015