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Richard A Ehlers II, M.D.; FACS

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
18100 St. John Drive
Houston, TX 77058
Email: rehlers@mdanderson.org

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1999 The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, MS, Master of Medical Science
1995 The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, MD, Cum Laude, Doctor of Medicine
1991 Rice University, Houston, TX, BA, English

Postgraduate Training

7/2002-6/2004 Clinical Fellowship, Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
7/1999-6/2002 Clinical Residency, General Surgery, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
7/1997-7/1999 Research Fellowship, Gastrointestinal physiology/molecular biology, Department of Surgery, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
6/1995-6/1997 Clinical Internship, General Surgery, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

Board Certifications

7/2013 Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery

Experience/Service

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Center Medical Director, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Bay Area, Nassau Bay, TX, 1/2011-present
Associate Medical Director, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 8/2010-12/2011
Chairman and Chief of Surgery, San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Baytown, TX, 1/2006-12/2006
Director and Surgical Oncologist, Bay Area Cancer Surgery, Webster, TX, 7/2004-12/2008
Administrative Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 6/2001-6/2002

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Physician, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Webster, TX, 1/2012-present
Physician, St Luke's Woodlands Hospital, Woodlands, TX, 3/2011-present
Physician, St Luke's Sugar Land Hospital, Sugar Land, TX, 9/2010-present
Physician, Houston Methodist Sugar Land, Sugar Land, TX, 8/2010-present
Physician, Memorial Herman, Memorial City Hospital, Houston, TX, 8/2010-present
Physician, Houston Methodist West Hospital, Sugar Land, TX, 8/2010-present
Physician, Houston Methodist St. John Hospital, Nassau Bay, TX, 8/2010-present
Surgical Executive Committee, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Houston, TX, 12/2008-8/2010
Surgical Oncologist, Surgical Specialists of Clear Lake, Clear Lake, TX, 12/2008-8/2010
Physician, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Webster, TX, 3/2006-8/2010
Committee member: Pharmacy and Therapeutics, ICU Advisory, General Medical Education, OR, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 6/1996-6/1999
Internal Residency Review Committee: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Family Medicine, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, 6/1996-6/1998

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Williams SA, Ehlers RA, Hunt KK, Yi M, Kuerer HM, Singletary SE, Ross MI, Feig BW, Symmans WF, Meric-Bernstam F. Metastases to the breast from nonbreast solid neoplasms: presentation and determinants of survival. Cancer 110(4):731-7, 8/2007. PMID: 17582626.
2. Ethridge RT, Chung DH, Slogoff M, Ehlers RA, Hellmich MR, Rajaraman S, Saito H, Uchida T, Evers BM. Cyclooxygenase-2 gene disruption attenuates the severity of acute pancreatitis and pancreatitis-associated lung injury. Gastroenterology 123(4):1311-22, 10/2002. PMID: 12360491.
3. Ethridge RT, Hashimoto K, Chung DH, Ehlers RA, Rajaraman S, Evers BM. Selective inhibition of NF-kappaB attenuates the severity of cerulein-induced acute pancreatitis. J Am Coll Surg 195(4):497-505, 10/2002. PMID: 12375755.
4. Angel CA, Ehlers RA. Images in clinical medicine. Atloido-occipital dislocation in a small child after air-bag deployment. N Engl J Med 345(17):1256, 10/2001. PMID: 11680446.
5. Angel CA,Ehlers RA. Atlanto-Occipital Dislocation in a Small Child after Air-Bag Deployment. N Engl J Med(345):1256, 2001.
6. Ethridge RT, Ehlers RA, Hellmich MR, Rajaraman S, Evers BM. Acute pancreatitis results in induction of heat shock proteins 70 and 27 and heat shock factor-1. Pancreas 21(3):248-56, 10/2000. PMID: 11039468.
7. Ehlers RA, Kim Sh, Zhang Y, Ethridge RT, Murrilo C, Hellmich MR, Evans DB, Townsend CM, Mark Evers B. Gut peptide receptor expression in human pancreatic cancers. Ann Surg 231(6):838-48, 6/2000. PMCID: PMC1421073.
8. Ehlers RA, Zhang Y, Hellmich MR, Evers BM. Neurotensin-mediated activation of MAPK pathways and AP-1 binding in the human pancreatic cancer cell line, MIA PaCa-2. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 269(3):704-8, 3/2000. PMID: 10720480.
9. Wang Q, Ding Q, Dong Z,Ehlers RA, Evers BM. Downregulation of mitogen-activated protein kinases in human colon cancers. Anticancer Res 20(1A):75-83, Jan-Feb, 1/2000. PMID: 10769637.
10. Ehlers RA, Hernandez A, Bloemendal LS, Ethridge RT, Farrow B, Evers BM. Mitochondrial DNA damage and altered membrane potential (delta psi) in pancreatic acinar cells induced by reactive oxygen species. Surgery 126(2):148-55, 8/1999. PMID: 10455877.
11. Ethridge RT, Ehlers RA. Pancreatic heat shock protein 27 is increased with acute pancreatitis. Surg Forum(50):27-29, 1999.
12. Ehlers RA, Bonnor RM, Wang X, Hellmich MR, Evers BM. Signal transduction mechanisms in neurotensin-mediated cellular regulation. Surgery 124(2):239-46; discussion 246-7, 8/1998. PMID: 9706144.
13. Ehers RA, Evers BM. Stimulation of the JNK signaling pathway by the gut hormone neuotensin acting through its high-affinity receptor. Surg Forum(49):159-160, 1998.

Abstracts

1. Rui X-L, Hellmich HL, Ehlers RA, Fleming RYD, Evers BM, Townsend CM Jr, Hellmich MR. A novel cholecystokinin-B/gastrin receptor splice varient is expressed in human colon cancers. Gastroenterology(118):A533, 2000.
2. Ethridge RT, Chung DH, Ehlers RA, Rajaraman S, Evers BM. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) gene disruption markedly attenuates the severity of acute pancreatitis and pancreatitis-associated lung injury. Gastroenterology(118):A166, 2000.
3. Ehtridge RT, Ehlers RA, Evers BM. Acute pancreatitis results in induction of heat shock factor-1 and heat shock protein 70. Gastroenterology(116):A1122, 1999.
4. Ehtridge RT, Ehlers RA, Evers BM. Coordinate induction of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and NF-kB in acute pancreatitis. Gastroenterology(116):A1122, 1999.

Book Chapters

1. Ehlers RA, Kuerer HM, Singletary ES. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Breast Cancer. In: The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Approach. Ed(s) Singletary ES, Robb GL, Hortobagyi GN. BC Decker: Hamilton, 2004.
2. Ehlers RA, Evers BM (ed). Signaling pathways in GI cancers. In: Molecular Mechanisms of Gastrointestinal Cancers. Landes Bioscience: Austin, 1999.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Ehlers RA. Pocket Companion to Sabiston: Textbook of Surgery, 16th. Ed(s) Townsend CM. WB Sanders, 2002.

Grant & Contract Support

Funding Source: Individual Research Service Award
Role: National Research Service Award

Last updated: 7/24/2014