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Research

Committees and Cores

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Steering Committee

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The Steering Committee consists of the PIs and Co-PIs of the funded CAP Research Awards and leaders of the other TeCH Committees to facilitate communication and interaction across CAP research projects. The Steering Committee’s responsibilities include setting priorities as well as developing and enforcing TeCH policies.

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External Advisory Committee

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The External Advisory Committee consists of thought leaders in basic and clinical sciences associated with prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of HCC. The External Advisory Committee provides guidance on how best to maximize TeCH’s research capacity by recommending research ideas and directions to the Steering Committee.

  • Hashem B. El-Serag, M.D., MPH, Baylor College of Medicine (co-director)
  • Fasiha Kanwal, M.D., MSHS, Baylor College of Medicine (co-director)
  • Maya Balakrishnan, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
  • Wolfram Goessling, M.D., Ph.D., Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Gregory Gores, M.D., Mayo Clinic
  • Yujin Hoshida, M.D., Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Shehnaz Hussain, Ph.D., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Gia Landry, M.D., M.P.H., Ochsner Baton Rouge
  • Josep Llovet, M.D., Mount Sinai
  • Amit Singal, M.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center
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Clinical Network Committee

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The Clinical Network Committee is tasked with dissemination of healthcare provider and system education material and with the transformation of data and novel evidence into improvements in healthcare process and outcomes within Clinical Network institutions.

  • Sumeet Asrani, M.D., Baylor Scott and White Health (co-director)
  • Howard Monsour, M.D., Lakeside Physicians (co-director)
  • Aanand Naik, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine (implementation consultant)
  • Anthony Bonagura, M.D., Optum
  • Andrea Caracostis, M.D., MPH, Hope Clinic
  • Andrew Masica, M.D., Texas Health Resources
  • Craig Kneten, M.D., Baylor Scott and White Health
  • Daniel Crowe, M.D., Centene
  • Dirk Slaker, M.D., Optum
  • Eloy Cavazos Jr., M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jessica Hwang, M.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Jose Luna, M.D., Texas Association of Community Health Centers
  • James McDeavitt, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jennifer Vincent, D.O., Baylor Scott and White Health
  • Jeffrey Zsohar, M.D., Baylor Scott and White Health
  • Lauren Baker, CHI St Luke's Health 
  • Lizzy Gutierrez, CHI St Luke's Health 
  • Nicole Rich, M.D., UT Southwestern
  • Ned Snyder, M.D., Kelsey Seybold
  • Ruben Hernaez, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Rashmee Patil, M.D.,South Texas Research Institute
  • Roger Zoorob, M.D., MPH, Baylor College of Medicine
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Community Outreach Committee

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The Community Outreach Committee will produce culturally sensitive educational material on HCC risk factors, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment targeted at patients and at-risk communities for dissemination by our state-wide Community Partners. 

  • Maria Jibaja-Weiss, MEd, Baylor College of Medicine (co-director)
  • Jane Montealegre, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine (co-director)
  • Vanessa Schick, Ph.D., UT Health Science Center at Houston
  • Cathy Troisi, Ph.D., UT Health Science Center at Houston
  • Amelie Ramirez, DrPH, MPH, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Mamta Jain, M.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Andrea Caracostis, M.D., MPH, Hope Clinic
  • Carmen Landaverde, M.D., UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Aaron Thrift, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
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Data and Biospecimen Core

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The Data and Biospecimen Core serves as a centralized resource for the CAP projects to assist with project management, statistical expertise, programming and systems support, and informatics technology. The core will be operated out of the ICTR.

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Symposium Committee

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The Symposium Committee will oversee the planning and execution of the Annual Symposium by inviting speakers, and overseeing the execution of symposium-related tasks.

  • Amit Singal, M.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center (director)
  • Sumeet Asrani, M.D., Baylor Scott and White Health
  • Hashem B. El-Serag, M.D., MPH, Baylor College of Medicine 
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Administrative Core

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The Administrative Core provides governance, oversight, synergy, and communication among the TeCH committees and cores; facilitates all program coordination activities; communicates to stakeholders; and promotes information sharing by developing and maintaining TeCH website