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Maria E. Suarez-Almazor, MD, PhD

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Barnts Family Distinguished Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Deputy Department Chair (Research), Department of General Internal Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Chief, Section of Rheumatology, Department of General Internal Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Chief, Section of Clinical Research and Education, Department of General Internal Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd
Unit Number: 1465
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT13.5000
Phone: (713) 745-4516
Fax: (713) 563-4491

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1993 University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada, PHD, Medical Sciences, Epidemiology
1989 University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada, MS, Medicine, Immunogenetics
1979 Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, MD, Medicine

Postgraduate Training

1/1990-12/1992 Postdoctoral Fellow, Rheumatology, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
1/1989-6/1993 Graduate Student, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
1/1987-6/1989 Graduate Student, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
3/1985-2/1989 Research Fellowship, Rheumatology, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
3/1984-3/1985 Senior Clinical Fellowship, Rheumatology, Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitacion, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2/1981-3/1984 Clinical Fellowship, Rheumatology, Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitacion, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3/1980-2/1981 Clinical Residency, Hospital Privado Guemes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4/1979-3/1980 Research Internship, Centro de Estudios Medicos e Investigaciones Clinicas (CEMIC), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Board Certifications

1982 Ministerio de Salud y Sociedad Argentina de Reumatologia

Experience/Service

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Medical Staff, Harris County Hospital District, Houston, TX, 2/2008-2/2014

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Member, Roundtable, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS) National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, 11/2010-present
Committee Member, Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington, DC, 12/2009-present
Ad Hoc Member, Arthritis Advisory Committee, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington, DC, 12/2009-present
Member, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS), The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, 2/2008-present
Member, External Advisory Committee, Deep South Musculoskeletal Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, Birmingham, AL, 2008-present
Member, Health Services Research Subcommittee, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2002-2004
Member, Research Excellence Initiative, Education and Mentoring Committee, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2001-2002
Member, Working Committee on Graduate Education in the Basic Sciences and Research, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada, 1998
Member, Faculty Search & Selection Committee, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada, 1996

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Peddi P, Lopez-Olivo MA, Pratt GF, Suarez-Almazor ME. Denosumab in patients with cancer and skeletal metastases: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Cancer Treat Rev 39(1):97-104, 2013. PMCID: PMC3691016.
2. Giordano TP, Rodriguez S, Zhang H, Kallen MA, Jibaja-Weiss M, Buscher AL, Arya M, Suarez-Almazor ME, Ross M. Effect of a Clinic-Wide Social Marketing Campaign to Improve Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV Infection. AIDS Behav 17(1):104-12, 2013. PMCID: PMC3549045.
3. Singh JA, Furst DE, Bharat A, Curtis JR, Kavanaugh AF, Kremer JM, Moreland LW, O'Dell J, Winthrop KL, Beukelman T, Bridges SL, Chatham WW, Paulus HE, Suarez-Almazor M, Bombardier C, Dougados M, Khanna D, King CM, Leong AL, Matteson EL, Schousboe JT, Moynihan E, Kolba KS, Jain A, Volkmann ER, Agrawal H, Bae S, Mudano AS, Patkar NM, Saag KG. 2012 update of the 2008 american college of rheumatology recommendations for the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and biologic agents in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 64(5):625-39, 2012. PMID: 22473917.
4. Amezaga Urruela M, Suarez-Almazor ME. Acupuncture in the treatment of rheumatic diseases. Curr Rheumatol Rep 14(6):589-97, 2012. PMID: 23055010.
5. Hwang JP, Roundtree AK, Suarez-Almazor ME. Attitudes toward hepatitis B virus among vietnamese, chinese and korean americans in the houston area, texas. J Community Health 37(5):1091-100, 2012. PMID: 22302653.
6. Lopez-Olivo MA, Shah NA, Pratt G, Risser JM, Symanski E, Suarez-Almazor ME. Bisphosphonates in the treatment of patients with lung cancer and metastatic bone disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Support Care Cancer 20(11):2985-98, 2012. PMID: 22956190.
7. Lopez-Olivo MA, Andrabi TR, Palla SL, Suarez-Almazor ME. Cervical spine radiographs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis undergoing anesthesia. J Clin Rheumatol 18(2):61-6, 2012. PMID: 22334269.
8. Jones CA, Cox V, Jhangri GS, Suarez-Almazor ME. Delineating the impact of obesity and its relationship on recovery after total joint arthroplasties. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 20(6):511-518, 2012. PMID: 22395039.
9. Holmes HM, Luo R, Hanlon JT, Elting LS, Suarez-Almazor M, Goodwin JS. Ethnic disparities in adherence to antihypertensive medications of medicare part d beneficiaries. J Am Geriatr Soc 60(7):1298-303, 2012. PMCID: PMC3396714.
10. Street RL, Cox V, Kallen MA, Suarez-Almazor ME. Exploring communication pathways to better health: Clinician communication of expectations for acupuncture effectiveness. Patient Educ Couns 89(2):245-51, 2012. PMCID: PMC3489966.
11. Ng B, Aslam F, Petersen NJ, Yu HJ, Suarez-Almazor ME. Identification of rheumatoid arthritis patients using an administrative database: A veterans affairs study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 64(10):1490-6, 2012. PMCID: PMC3430829.
12. Marengo MF, Waimann CA, de Achaval S, Zhang H, Garcia-Gonzalez A, Richardson MN, Reveille JD, Suarez-Almazor ME. Measuring therapeutic adherence in systemic lupus erythematosus with electronic monitoring. Lupus 21(11):1158-65, 2012. PMID: 22588588.
13. Thombs BD, Jewett LR, Assassi S, Baron M, Bartlett SJ, Maia AC, El-Baalbaki G, Furst DE, Gottesman K, Haythornthwaite JA, Hudson M, Impens A, Korner A, Leite C, Mayes MD, Malcarne VL, Motivala SJ, Mouthon L, Nielson WR, Plante D, Poiraudeau S, Poole JL, Pope J, Sauve M, Steele RJ, Suarez-Almazor ME, Taillefer S, van den Ende CH, Arthurs E, Bassel M, Delisle V, Milette K, Leavens A, Razykov I, Khanna D. New directions for patient-centred care in scleroderma: the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network (SPIN). Clin Exp Rheumatol 30(2 Suppl 71):S23-9, Mar-Apr, 2012. PMID: 22244687.
14. Gonzalez-Lopez L, Gamez-Nava JI, Vega-Lopez A, Rodriguez-Jimenez NA, Gonzalez-Montoya N, Aguilar-Chavez E, Alcaraz-Lopez MF, Rocha-Muñoz AD, Castro-Lizano N, Morales-Romero J, Salazar-Paramo M, Suarez-Almazor ME. Performance of risk indices for identifying low bone mineral density and osteoporosis in mexican mestizo women with rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatol 39(2):247-53, 2012. PMID: 22174197.
15. Lu H, Marengo MF, Mihu CN, Garcia-Manero G, Suarez-Almazor ME. Rare Case of Septic Arthritis Caused by Candida krusei: Case Report and Literature Review. J Rheumatol 39(6):1308-9, 2012. PMID: 22661427.
16. Garcia-Gonzalez A, Gonzalez-Lopez L, Gamez-Nava JI, Rodríguez-Arreola BE, Cox V, Suarez-Almazor ME. Doctor-patient interactions in Mexican patients with rheumatic disease. J Clin Rheumatol 15(3):120-3, 2009. PMID: 19300289.
17. Saag KG, Teng GG, Patkar NM, Anuntiyo J, Finney C, Curtis JR, Paulus HE, Mudano A, Pisu M, Elkins-Melton M, Outman R, Allison JJ, Almazor MS, Bridges SL, Chatham WW, Hochberg M, MacLean C, Mikuls T, Moreland LW, O'Dell J, Turkiewicz AM, Furst DE, Furst DE. American College of Rheumatology 2008 recommendations for the use of nonbiologic and biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 59(6):762-84, 2008. PMID: 18512708.
18. Gossec L, Jordan JM, Mazzuca SA, Lam MA, Suarez-Almazor ME, Renner JB, Lopez-Olivo MA, Hawker G, Dougados M, Maillefert JF, Maillefert JF. Comparative evaluation of three semi-quantitative radiographic grading techniques for knee osteoarthritis in terms of validity and reproducibility in 1759 X-rays: report of the OARSI-OMERACT task force Extended report. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 16(7):742-8, 2008. PMID: 18417373.
19. Hawker GA, Davis AM, French MR, Cibere J, Jordan JM, March L, Suarez-Almazor M, Katz JN, Dieppe P. Development and preliminary psychometric testing of a new OA pain measure--an OARSI/OMERACT initiative. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 16(4):409-14, 2008. PMID: 18381179.
20. Tugwell P, Maxwell L, Welch V, Kristjansson E, Petticrew M, Wells G, Buchbinder R, Suarez-Almazor ME, Nowlan MA, Ueffing E, Khan M, Shea B, Tsikata S. Is health equity considered in systematic reviews of the cochrane musculoskeletal group? Arthritis Rheum 59(11):1603-1610, 2008. PMID: 18975366.
21. Lopez-Olivo MA, Kallen MA, Ortiz Z, Skidmore B, Suarez-Almazor ME. Quality appraisal of clinical practice guidelines and consensus statements on the use of biologic agents in rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review. Arthritis Rheum 59(11):1625-1638, 2008. PMID: 18975351.
22. Garcia-Gonzalez A, Richardson M, Garcia Popa-Lisseanu M, Cox V, Kallen MA, Janssen N, Ng B, Marcus DM, Reveille JD, Suarez-Almazor ME. Treatment adherence in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Clin Rheumatol 27(7):883-9, 2008. PMID: 18185905.
23. Hawker GA, Stewart L, French MR, Cibere J, Jordan JM, March L, Suarez-Almazor M, Gooberman-Hill R. Understanding the pain experience in hip and knee osteoarthritis--an OARSI/OMERACT initiative. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 16(4):415-22, 2008. PMID: 18296075.
24. Kelly PA, Kallen MA, Suárez-Almazor ME. A combined-method psychometric analysis recommended modification of the multidimensional health locus of control scales. J Clin Epidemiol 60(5):440-7, 2007. PMID: 17419954.
25. Lopez-Olivo MA, Suarez-Almazor ME. Developing guidelines in musculoskeletal disorders. Clin Exp Rheumatol 25(6 Suppl 47):28-36, 2007. PMID: 18021504.
26. Suarez-Almazor ME, Kallen MA, Roundtree AK, Mayes M. Disease and symptom burden in systemic sclerosis: a patient perspective. J Rheumatol 34(8):1718-26, 2007. PMID: 17611983.
27. Kane RL, Wilt T, Suarez-Almazor ME, Fu SS. Disparities in total knee replacements: a review. Arthritis Rheum 57(4):562-7, 2007. PMID: 17471555.
28. Suarez-Almazor ME, Berrios-Rivera JP, Cox V, Janssen NM, Marcus DM, Sessoms S. Initiation of disease-modifying antirheumatic drug therapy in minority and disadvantaged patients with rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatol 34(12):2400-7, 2007. PMID: 17985405.
29. Kroll TL, Richardson M, Sharf BF, Suarez-Almazor ME. "Keep on truckin'" or "It's got you in this little vacuum": race-based perceptions in decision-making for total knee arthroplasty. J Rheumatol 34(5):1069-75, 2007. PMID: 17407213.
30. Gossec L, Hawker G, Davis AM, Maillefert JF, Lohmander LS, Altman R, Cibere J, Conaghan PG, Hochberg MC, Jordan JM, Katz JN, March L, Mahomed N, Pavelka K, Roos EM, Suarez-Almazor ME, Zanoli G, Dougados M. OMERACT/OARSI initiative to define states of severity and indication for joint replacement in hip and knee osteoarthritis. J Rheumatol 34(6):1432-5, 2007. PMID: 17552070.
31. Kirwan JR, Minnock P, Adebajo A, Bresnihan B, Choy E, de Wit M, Hazes M, Richards P, Saag K, Suarez-Almazor M, Wells G, Hewlett S. Patient perspective: fatigue as a recommended patient centered outcome measure in rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatol 34(5):1174-7, 2007. PMID: 17477482.
32. Collins TC, Beyth RJ, Nelson DB, Petersen NJ, Suarez-Almazor ME, Bush RL, Hirsch AT, Ashton CM. Process of care and outcomes in patients with peripheral arterial disease. J Gen Intern Med 22(7):942-8, 2007. PMCID: PMCPMC2219734.
33. Giordano TP, Gifford AL, White AC, Suarez-Almazor ME, Rabeneck L, Hartman C, Backus LI, Mole LA, Morgan RO. Retention in care: a challenge to survival with HIV infection. Clin Infect Dis 44(11):1493-9, 2007. PMID: 17479948.
34. Collins TC, Suarez-Almazor M, Peterson NJ. An absent pulse is not sensitive for the early detection of peripheral arterial disease. Fam Med 38(1):38-42, 2006. PMID: 16378257.
35. Chiou CF, Suarez-Almazor ME, Sherbourne CD, Chang CH, Reyes C, Dylan M, Ofman J, Wallace DJ, Mizutani W, Weisman M. Development and validation of a preference weight multiattribute health outcome measure for rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatol 33(12):2409-11, 2006. PMID: 17080516.
36. Collins TC, Suarez-Almazor M, Bush RL, Petersen NJ. Gender and peripheral arterial disease. J Am Board Fam Med 19(2):132-40, 2006. PMID: 16513901.
37. Giordano TP, Morgan RO, Kramer JR, Hartman C, Richardson P, White CA, Suarez-Almazor ME, El-Serag HB. Is there a race-based disparity in the survival of veterans with HIV? Gen Intern Med 21(6):613-7, 2006. PMCID: PMCPMC1924608.
38. Suarez-Almazor ME. Is treatment with pulsed electromagnetic fields effective in patients with knee osteoarthritis? Nat Clin Pract Rheumatol 2(1):14-5, 2006. PMID: 16932645.
39. Santesso N, Maxwell L, Tugwell PS, Wells GA, O'connor AM, Judd M, Buchbinder R. Knowledge transfer to clinicians and consumers by the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group. J Rheumatol 33(11):2312-8, 2006. PMID: 17086612.
40. Byrne MM, Souchek J, Richardson M, Suarez-Almazor M. Racial/ethnic differences in preferences for total knee replacement surgery. J Clin Epidemiol 59(10):1078-86, 2006. PMID: 16980148.
41. Berrios-Rivera JP, Street RL, Garcia Popa-Lisseanu MG, Kallen MA, Richardson MN, Janssen NM, Marcus DM, Reveille JD, Warner NB, Suarez-Almazor ME. Trust in physicians and elements of the medical interaction in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum 55(3):385-93, 2006. PMID: 16739207.

Invited Articles

1. Marengo MF, Suarez-Almazor ME, Lu H.. Neoplastic and paraneoplastic synovitis. Rheum Dis Clin North Am 37(4):551-72, 2011. PMID: 22075197.
2. Waimann CA, Lu H, Suarez Almazor ME.. Rheumatic manifestations of primary and metastatic bone tumors and paraneoplastic bone disease. Rheum Dis Clin North Am 37(4):527-49, 2011. PMID: 22075196.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: Utility of Medications for Patients with Cancer in Hospice Care
Funding Source: American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging and the John A. Hartford Foundation
Role: Primary Mentor
Principal Investigator: Holly M. Holmes
Duration: 3/2008 - 4/2010
 
Title: Enhancing Knowledge on Cardiac Implantable Pulse Generators
Funding Source: The Mike Hogg Fund
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 1/2008 - 6/2009
 
Title: Surviving Cancer: Healthcare and Information Needs
Funding Source: Texas Medical Center Fleming & Davenport Award
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2007 - 12/2008
 
Title: Outcomes Research In Rheumatic Diseases: A Mentoring Program
Funding Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 4/2006 - 6/2016
 
Title: Patient Awareness and Consumer Education Research Center (PACE), Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERT)
Funding Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Role: Principal Investigator and Director
Duration: 2006 - 2011
 
Title: Cognitive Behavioral Determinants for Knee Replacement Minority Supplement
Funding Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2006 - 2010
 
Title: Cognitive Behavioral Determinants for Knee Replacement
Funding Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 6/2003 - 6/2010
 
Title: Treatment Adherence in Minorities with Rheumatic Disease
Funding Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 2000 - 6/2009

Last updated: 7/9/2014