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Shirley Y. Su, MD, FRACS

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Dr. Shirley Su’s clinical interest is in the surgical management of complex benign and malignant skull base tumors and disorders. She is faculty in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

Dr. Su was awarded her Medical Degree from Monash University and Residency Training and Board Certification in Otolaryngology from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She completed a clinical fellowship in Head and Neck Oncological Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center followed by an additional one year fellowship in Open and Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a leader and pioneer in this field.

Dr. Su has formal training in oncological surgery as well as open and expanded endoscopic skull base procedures. She is a member of the American Head and Neck Society and the North American Skull Base Society. She has received several awards during her career and authored multiple peer-reviewed publications. She is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to patients with Head and Neck tumors and Skull Base disorders

Research Interests

Minimally invasive surgery, cancers of the nose, sinuses and cranial base.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
18100 St John Dr
Nassau Bay, TX 77058
Room Number: Suite 250
Phone: 713-563-0670
Fax: 713-745-9816

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2000 Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, MBBS, Medicine

Postgraduate Training

7/2012-6/2013 Clinical Fellowship, Endoscopic and Open Cranial Base Surgery; Clinical Instructor, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Carl H. Snyderman MD
7/2011-6/2012 Clinical Fellowship, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Randal S. Weber MD
2/2007-1/2011 Clinical Residency, Advanced Surgical Training in Otolaryngology, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Neil Vallance, MBBS, FRACS
2/2005-1/2007 Clinical Residency, Advanced Surgical Training in General Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Alan C. Saunder MBBS FRACS
2/2002-1/2005 Basic Surgical Training, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Alan C. Saunder MBBS FRACS
2/2001-1/2002 Clinical Internship, General, Monash Medical Center, Melbourne, Australia

Experience/Service

Other Appointments/Responsibilities

Consultant Surgeon, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2/2011-6/2011

Institutional Committee Activities

Team Member, Inpatient Operations Steering Committee (IOSC), 10/2014-present

Honors and Awards

2000 Award for Notable Contribution, Young Achievement Australia
1999 Commonwealth Foundation Medical Electives Scholarship, Commonwealth Foundation Medical Electives
1999 Health Promotion Prize for project: "The Prevention of diabetes in Women with a History of Gestational Diabetes", VicHealth
1998 Chinese Health Foundation of Australia Award, Chinese Health Foundation of Australia

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Member, 2/2015-present
American Head and Neck Society
Member, 2011-present
Australian Medical Association
Member, 2001-2011
Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Member, 2007-2011
Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology
Fellow, 2011-present
Harris County Medical Society
Member, 2014-present
Houston Otolaryngology Society
Member, 2013-present
MD Anderson Cancer Center Skull Base Research Committee
Organizer, 3/2015-present
MD Anderson Cancer Center Inpatient Operations Steering Committee
Member, 10/2014-present
North American Skull Base Society
Credentials Committee, 2/2016-5/2019
Abstract Reviewer, 2015-present
Research Committee, 8/2013-5/2016
Member, 2013-present
Texas Medical Association
Member, 2014-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Holmes M, Su SY, Bell D. Ectopic primary olfactory neuroblastoma of the maxillary sinus: a case report and literature review. Annals of Diagnostic Pathology. In Press.
2. 3. Hansen CC, Kelsey Chrane PA, Bunn GB, Mohamed ASR, Rosenthal DI, Wefel JS, Phan J, Frank SJ, Garden AS, Smith B, Eichelberger H, Anderson C, McCoy C, Horiates M, Patrick C, Floris S, French, C, Beadle BM, Morrison WH, Su SY, Lewis CM, Kupferman ME, Skinner HD, Lai SY, Hanna EY, Fuller CD. Cognitive Function and Patient-Reported Memory Problem Following Radiation Therapy for Cancers at the Skull Base: A Survivorship Study Using the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Stateus and the MDASI-HN. Int J Rad Onc 94(4):967, 2/2016.
3. Horowitz PM, DiNapoli V, Su SY, Raza SM. Complication Avoidance in Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 49(1):227-35, 2/2016. PMID: 26614840.
4. Jiang W, Mohamed AS, Fuller CD, Kim BY, Tang C, Gunn GB, Hanna EY, Frank SJ, Su SY, Diaz E, Kupferman ME, Beadle BM, Morrison WH, Skinner H, Lai SY, El-Naggar AK, DeMonte F, Rosenthal DI, Garden AS, Phan J. The role of elective nodal irradiation for esthesioneuroblastoma patients with clinically negative neck. Pract Radiat Oncol. e-Pub 11/2015. PMID: 26979544.
5. deAlmeida JR, Carvalho F, Vaz-Guimaraes F, Koutourousiou M, Su, SY, Kiehl R, Vescan AD, Witterick IJ, Wang EW, Zadeh G, Fernandez-Miranda JC, Gardner PA, Gentili F, Snyderman CH. A comparison o fpost-operative MRI signal changes between endoscopic endonasal approaches and open approaches for olfactory groove meningiomas: a match paired analysis from two institutions. J Neurol Surg B 22(11). e-Pub 8/2015.
6. Vaz-Guimaraes F, Su SY, Fernandez-Miranda JC, Wang EW, Snyderman CH, Gardner PA. Hemostasis in Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Surgery. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 76(4):296-302, 8/2015. e-Pub 4/2015. PMCID: PMC4516727.
7. Su SY, Milas ZL, Bhatt N, Roberts D, Clayman GL. Well differentiated thyroid cancer with aerodigestive tract invasion: Long-term control and functional outcomes. Head Neck doi: 10.1002/hed.23851, 9/2014. e-Pub 9/2014. PMID: 25204531.
8. de Almeida JR, Su SY, Koutourousiou M, Vaz Guimaraes Filho F, Fernandez Miranda JC, Wang EW, Gardner PA, Snyderman CH. Endonasal endoscopic surgery for squamous cell carcinoma of the sinonasal cavities and skull base: Oncologic outcomes based on treatment strategy and tumor etiology. Head Neck doi: 10.1002/hed.23731, 5/2014. e-Pub 5/2014. PMID: 24798497.
9. Su SY, Bell D, Hanna EY. Esthesioneuroblastoma, Neuroendocrine Carcinoma, and Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma: Differentiation in Diagnosis and Treatment. Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 18:S149-S156, 2014.
10. Su SY, de Almeida JR, Fernandez-Miranda JC, Gardner PA, Wang EW, Snyderman CH. “Endoscopic Endonasal Resection of Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma: the UPMC experience.”. J Neurol Surg B. 74 (suppl 1):2, 2/2013.
11. Su SY, Grodski S, Serpell J. "Hypothyroidism following hemithyroidectomy". Annals of Surgery 250(6):991-4, 12/2009.
12. Su SY, Giorlando F, Ek EW, Dieu T. "Incomplete excision of basal cell carcinoma: a prospective trial". Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 120(5):1240-8, 10/2007.
13. Tan PY, Ek EW, Su SY, Giorlando F, Dieu T. "Incomplete excision of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin: a prospective observational study". Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 120(4):910-6, 9/2007.
14. Ek EW, Giorlando F, Su SY, Dieu T. "Clinical diagnosis of skin tumors - how good are we?". Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 75(6):415-20, 6/2005.

Invited Articles

1. Su SY, Bell D, Hanna EY. Esthesioneuroblastoma, sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma and neuroendocrine carcinoma: differentials in diagnosis and management. International Archives of Otolaryngology. In Press.
2. Su SY, Kupferman ME, DeMonte F, Levine NB, Raza SM, Hanna EY. Endoscopic Resection of Sinonasal Cancers. Curr Oncol Rep 16(2):369, 2/2014. PMID: 24445501.
Other Articles
1. Su, SY, Weber RS, Lai SY, Gillenwater AM. Sentinel lymph node biopsy for high risk cutantous squamous cell carcinoma, 2015.
2. Su SY, Khomko N, Ling M. "The prevention of diabetes in women with a history of gestational diabetes." Bilingual publication in Chinese and English, for the secondary prevention of type II diabetes. VicHealth, 10/1998.

Abstracts

1. Filho FVG, Koutourousiou M, Su SY, de Almeida JR, Fernandez-Miranda JC, Wang EW, Snyderman CH, Gardner PA. “Endoscopic Endonasal Clipping of Intracranial Aneurysms: Technical Details and Anatomic Basis”. J Neurol Surg B 74(suppl 1):80, 2/2013.
2. Koutourousiou M, Filho FVG, de Almeida JR, Su SY, Fernandez-Miranda JC, Wang EW, Snyderman CH, Tyler-Kebara E, Gardner PA. “Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery for Craniopharyngiomas: Surgical Outcome in 64 patients”. J Neurol Surg B 74(suppl 1):38, 2/2013.
3. Koutourousiou M, Filho FVG, de Almeida JR, Su SY, Fernandez-Miranda JC, Wang EW, Snyderman CH, Tyler-Kebara E, Gardner PA. “Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery for Suprasellar Meningiomas”. J Neurol Surg B 74(suppl 1):22, 2/2013.
4. Su SY, de Almeida JR, Filho FVG, Koutourousiou M, Fernandez-Miranda JC, Gardner PA, Wang EW, Snyderman CH. “Outcomes for Endoscopic Endonasal Resection of Adenocystic Carcinoma of the Sinonasal Cavity and Skull Base”. J Neurol Surg B 74(suppl 1):2, 2/2013.
5. Su SY, Harris P. “A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of rectus sheath local anaesthetic infusion after major abdominal surgery”. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 76(suppl 1):A14-21, 2006.

Book Chapters

1. Ehab Y Hanna, Shirley Y Su, Michael E Kupferman. Malignancies of paranasal sinuses. In: Cancer, 5th. In Press.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: MD Anderson symptom inventory, skull base module: developing a disease specific instrument to evaluate quality of life in patients with skull base tumors
Funding Source: Cancer Survivorship Research Seed Money Grants at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Role: Principal Investigator

Last updated: 6/16/2016