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Joel Sullivan Dunnington, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor with Tenure, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1981 The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX, MD, Medicine
1976 Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, BS, Cum Laude, Chemistry/Biology

Postgraduate Training

1982-1985 Clinical Residency, Diagnostic Radiology, The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, TX, Dr. Beth Edeiken
1981-1982 Clinical Internship, General Surgery, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, TX, Dr. Peter Canizaro

Board Certifications

1985 American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology


Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Section Chief, Body Imaging Section, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2007-2009
Director of GI Radiology, Section of Body Imaging, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2006-2013

Institutional Committee Activities

Past Chair, Faculty Senate, 2009
Chairman, Faculty Advisory Council - The University of Texas System, 1999-2000
Chairman, Faculty Senate, 1996-1997

Honors and Awards

2004 Tobacco-Free Texas Award, Lifetime Achievement, American Cancer Society
2003 The Margaret and James A. Elkins Jr. Faculty Achievement Award in Cancer Prevention, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1992 C. Frank Webber Award, Texas Medical Association

Professional Memberships

American Cancer Society / Texas Affiliate, TX
Health Professions Committee, 2004-2006
Governmental Affairs Committee, 2003-present
Tobacco Committee, 2003-2006
American Cancer Society/Houston Chapter, Houston, TX
Advisory Board, 1997-1998
President, Greater Houston Area, 1995-1997
Chairman, Great American Smokeout Committee, 1990
American Medical Association
Alternate Texas Delegate to American Medical Association HOD, 1998-2003
Co-Coordinator, Tobacco Coalition, 1990-2003
Membership Liaison from Texas Medical Association, 1987
Delegate to American Medical Association- Hospital Medical Staff Section/OMSS, 1986-1998
Harris County Medical Society, Houston, TX
Socioeconomics Committee, 2009-2011
President, Central Branch, 1995-1996
Board of Medical Legislation, 1991-1996
Houston Communities for Safe Indoor Air
Member, 2004-2008
Texas Inter Agency Council on Smoking or Health, TX
Chairman, 1995
Texas Medical Association, Austin, TX
Chairman, Cancer Committee , 2003-2005
Chairman, ad hoc Task Force on Tobacco Use Prevention, 1990-1995
Council on Public Health, 1989-1998
The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX
President - UT Alumni Board, 2006-2007

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Kwek JW, Iyer RB, Dunnington J, Faria S, Silverman PM. Spectrum of imaging findings in the abdomen after radiotherapy. AJR Am J Roentgenol 187(5):1204-1211, 11/2006. PMID: 17056907.
2. Patt DA, Shopland DR, Anderson CM, Burns DM, Dunnington J, Gritz ER. Measuring progress to protect workers from job-related secondhand smoke in Texas. Tex Med 101(12):50-56, 12/2005. PMID: 17094502.
3. Iyer RB, Silverman PM, Tamm EP, Dunnington JS, DuBrow RA. Diagnosis, staging, and follow-up of esophageal cancer. AJR Am J Roentgenol 181(3):785-793, 9/2003. PMID: 12933482.
4. Gladish GW, Dunnington JS, Chasen MH. Argon beam coagulator electrode tip mimicking a metallic foreign body. AJR Am J Roentgenol 181(1):157-161, 7/2003. PMID: 12818848.
5. Huber MH, Lippman SM, Benner SE, Shirinian M, Dimery IW, Dunnington JS, Hong WK. A phase II study of ifosfamide in recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Am J Clin Oncol 19(4):379-383, 1996. PMID: 8677909.
6. Dunnington JS. It's what they don't print that counts. Tex Med 88(12):8, 1992. PMID: 1287873.

Book Chapters

1. Dunnington J. Contributor. In: Texas Cancer Facts and Figures: A Sourcebook for Planning and Implementing Programs for Cancer Prevention and Control. Ed(s) JR Jones. United States,, e-Book 2004.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Dunnington JS. Tobacco Module. The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Speakers Bureau: Houston, 2000.
2. Dunnington J. Medicine vs. Madison Avenue, 1993.


1. Tobacco Almanac.
2. Texas Tobacco Almanac.

Last updated: 6/4/2014