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Kathleen M Schmeler, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Bio Statement

Dr. Kathleen Schmeler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine.  She provides surgical care and chemotherapy to women with gynecologic malignancies.  She performs specialized procedures in minimally invasive surgery, including robotic surgery, for appropriate patients with cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancer.  Dr. Schmeler is also the Director of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Hospital colposcopy clinics where she treats women with pre-invasive cervical, vulvar and vaginal disease.

Dr. Schmeler’s primary research interest is in cervical cancer prevention and treatment, particularly in developing countries and for medically underserved women in the United States.  She is actively involved with the MD Anderson Global Academic Programs and is perfoming several clinical trials with MD Anderson Sister Institutions in Latin America and around the world. 

Dr. Schmeler has authored and co-authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.  In addition, she has been invited to write book chapters and review articles on a variety of topics in gynecologic oncology.  Dr. Schmeler is an active speaker, both nationally and internationally.  She is a reviewer for several journals.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2000 Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, MD, Medicine
1991 Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, BS, Mechanical Engineering

Postgraduate Training

7/2004-12/2007 Fellow, Gynecologic Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
6/2000-6/2004 Resident, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Women & Infants' Hospital/Brown University, Providence, RI

Board Certifications

4/2011 American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology Subspecialty Boards
1/2010 American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Obstetrics & Gynecology General Boards

Experience/Service

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Director of Colposcopy and Pre-invasive Disease, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 3/2013-present
Director of Colposcopy, Lyndon B. Johnson Hopsital, Houston, TX, 3/2013-present
Quality Officer, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2/2013-present
Clinical Team Leader, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2009-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Global Academic Programs Oversight Steering Committee, 2012-present
Member, Prevention, HSR, QI & Survivorship Research Program, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2010-present
Member, Innovative Surgery Research Working Group, Department of Gynecologic Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2008-present
Member, POE Value Analysis Team, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2008-present

Honors and Awards

2013-2015 Norman F. Gant/American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow, Institute of Medicine

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Schmeler K, Ramirez P, Reyes-Martinez C, Chernofsky M, del Carmen M, Diaz-Montes T, Padilla L, Tejada-Berges T, Bermudez A, Trimble E. The Central America Gynecologic Oncology Education Program (CONEP): Improving Gynecologic Oncology Education and Training on a Global Scale. Gynecol Oncol 129(3):445-7, 6/2013. PMID: 23528927.
2. Schmeler K, Wilson G, Cain K, Munsell M, Ramirez P, Soliman P, Nick A, Frumovitz M, Coleman R, Kroll M, Levenback C. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) rates following the implementation of extended duration prophylaxis for patients undergoing surgery for gynecologic malignancies. Gynecol Oncol 128(2):204-208, 2/2013. PMID: 23200912.
3. Schmeler K, Jhingran A, Iyer RB, Sun CC, Eifel PJ, Soliman PT, Ramirez PT, Frumovitz M, Bodurka DC, Sood AK. Pelvic fractures after radiotherapy for cervical cancer: implications for survivors. Cancer 116(3):625-30, 2010. PMID: 20052724.
4. Schmeler K, Lynch H, Chen L, Munsell M, Soliman P, Clark M, Daniels M, White K, Boyd-Rogers S, Conrad P, Yang K, Rubin M, Sun C, Slomovitz B, Gershenson D, Lu K. Prophylactic surgery to reduce the risk of gynecologic cancers in the lynch syndrome. N Eng J Med 354(3):261-9, 2006. PMID: 16421367.

Invited Articles

1. Schmeler K, Frumovitz M, Ramirez P. Conservative management of early stage cervical cancer: is there a role for less radical surgery? Gynecol Oncol 120(3):321-5, 2011. PMID: 21320670.

Last updated: 2/10/2014