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Robert L Satcher, Jr, M.D., Ph.D

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

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

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street
Unit Number: 1448
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT10.5044
Phone: 713-794-5242
Fax: 713-792-8448

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1994 Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, MD, Medicine
1993 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, PHD, Chemical Engineering
1986 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, BS, Chemical Engineering

Postgraduate Training

2008 Extravehicular Activity Training, Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, NASA - Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
2008 Robotic Arm Training Fellowship, Japanese Space Agency, JAXA, Tskuba, Japan
2004-2006 Astronaut Candidate Basic Training, NASA - Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
2000-2001 Clinical Fellowship, Orthopaedic Oncology Surgery Clinical, Enneking Fellow, University of Florida - Shands Hospital Center, Gainesville, FL
1997-2000 Research Fellowship, Bone Biology and Endocrinology Laboratory, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
1997-1998 Research Fellowship, Bone Biology and Cellular Biomechanics, University of California - Berkeley and UCSF, Berkeley, CA
1995-2000 Clinical Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, University of California, San Francisco, CA
1994-1995 General Surgery Internship, Intern, University of California, San Francisco, CA
1993-1994 Research Fellowship, Vascular Pathology and Fluid Dynamics, Harvard Medical School, MA and MIT, Cambridge, MA
1993 Clinical Fellowship, Surgery and Internal Medicine, Schweitzer Fellow, Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Lambarane, Gabon
1985 Engineer Internship, Polymer Chemistry, DuPont Internship, El DuPont deNemours & Co, Camden, SC
1982-1983 Engineer Internship, Rheological Studies of Polymer Melts, Polymer Products Division, DuPont Internship, El DuPont deNemours & Co, Camden, SC

Board Certifications

2003 American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
1995 National Board of Medical Examiners

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2007-10/2011
NASA Mission Specialist Astronaut, NASA - Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, 2004-2011
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2004
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2002-2008
Attending Physician, Orthopaedic Oncology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chicago, IL, 2001-7/2008
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2001-2008
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 2001-2008
Professor, Institute for Bionanotechnology in Medicine, Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, 2001-2008

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Member, Science and Research Committee, JR Gladden Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, PA, 2009-present
Member, Visiting Committee of MIT Corporation, Whitaker College for Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2008-present
District IV Representative, National Selection Committee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumni Association, Cambridge, MA, 2008-2011
Member, Council on Research, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2008
Member, Bone Cancer Panel, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Fort Washington, PA, 2004-present

Military or Other Governmental Service

Astronaut Representative, Musculoskeletal Injury Advisory Committee, NASA, Johnson Space Center, 2009-2010
Astronaut Representative, Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects, NASA, Johnson Space Center, 2007-present
Appointed Member, Human Medical Research Board, NASA, Johnson Space Center, 2006-present
Mission Specialist, Astronaut, NASA, Johnson Space Center,, 2004-2011

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Telemedicine and Telesurgery for Regional Care Centers, 2011-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Lee YC, Cheng CJ, Bilen MA, Lu JF, Satcher RL, Yu-Lee LY, Gallick GE, Maity SN, Lin SH. BMP4 promotes prostate tumor growth in bone through osteogenesis. Cancer Res 71(15):5194-203, 8/1/2011. e-Pub 6/13/2011. PMCID: PMC3148283.
2. Moon B, Lin P, Satcher R, Lewis V. Simultaneous nailing of skeletal metastases: is the mortality really that high? Clin Orthop Relat Res 469(8):2367-70, 8/2011. e-Pub 2/17/2011. PMCID: PMC3126951.
3. Kai L, Wang J, Ivanovic M, Chung YT, Laskin WB, Schulze-Hoepfner F, Mirochnik Y, Satcher RL, Levenson AS. Targeting prostate cancer angiogenesis through metastasis-associated protein 1 (MTA1). Prostate 71(3):268-80, 2/15/2011. e-Pub 8/17/2010. PMID: 20717904.
4. Mata A, Geng Y, Henrikson KJ, Aparicio C, Stock SR, Satcher RL, Stupp SI. Bone regeneration mediated by biomimetic mineralization of a nanofiber matrix. Biomaterials 31(23):6004-12, 8/2010. e-Pub 5/15/2010. PMCID: PMC2911435.
5. Zhang S, Wang J, Bilen MA, Lin SH, Stupp SI, Satcher RL. Modulation of prostate cancer cell gene expression by cell-to-cell contact with bone marrow stromal cells or osteoblasts. Clin Exp Metastasis 26(8):993-1004, 2009. e-Pub 9/29/2009. PMID: 19787436.
6. Sargeant TD, Guler MO, Oppenheimer SM, Mata A, Satcher RL, Dunand DC, Stupp SI. Hybrid bone implants: self-assembly of peptide amphiphile nanofibers within porous titanium. Biomaterials 29(2):161-71, 1/2008. e-Pub 10/23/2007. PMID: 17936353.
7. Wang J, Jarrett J, Huang CC, Satcher RL, Levenson AS. Identification of estrogen-responsive genes involved in breast cancer metastases to the bone. Clin Exp Metastasis 24(6):411-22, 2007. e-Pub 6/26/2007. PMID: 17593529.

Last updated: 8/6/2013