Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas
Kathleen Schmeler, MD

Kathleen Schmeler, MD

Executive Director of Global Oncology for the MD Anderson Cancer Network, and Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Kathleen Schmeler is a professor of Gynecologic Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She provides surgery, chemotherapy and preventive services to women with gynecologic cancers and preinvasive disease at both MD Anderson and the Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Hospital. Dr. Schmeler is also the Executive Director of Global Oncology for the MD Anderson Cancer Network. Dr. Schmeler received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. She then went on to receive her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University/Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI, followed by a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at MD Anderson. She joined the faculty at MD Anderson in 2008.

Dr. Schmeler’s research interests are in cervical cancer prevention and treatment, particularly for resource-constrained countries and medically underserved communities in the U.S. She and her team have received funding from CPRIT since 2014 for their cervical cancer prevention projects, currently collaborating with 14 community clinics and mobile vans around the state. Dr. Schmeler is also the co-leader of the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) program at MD Anderson, which links MD Anderson faculty with medical providers around the state of Texas as well as nationally and globally. Dr. Schmeler is also the past chair of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) Training and Mentoring Committee, where she co-developed a global gynecologic oncology fellowship for regions of the world without formal training.

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