Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas
Melissa Lopez Varon, PhD, MS

Melissa Lopez Varon, PhD, MS

Program Director, Program for Reducing Cervical Cancer
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Program Director, Project ECHO, Department of Gynecologic Oncology & Reproductive Medicine

Dr. Melissa Lopez Varon is a Program Director at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where she directs cervical cancer prevention and control initiatives for underserved communities and populations in resource limited settings in Texas, Latin America, and Mozambique. She currently serves as the Co-leader of the Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Superhub for Oncology at MD Anderson.

Dr. Varon’s primary responsibility at MD Anderson is to collaborate with clinicians and clinical leadership to develop and implement telementoring and capacity building programs, as well as multicomponent interventions addressing cervical cancer disparities in resource-limited settings. She also serves as the Program Manager for a statewide expansion intervention seeking to increase cervical cancer screening and appropriate follow-up of women in Medically Underserved Areas of Texas. This intervention uses evidence-based capacity building programs and patient navigation services to address barriers to care. Dr. Varon is also the Co-Chair for the Cervical Cancer Screening and Early Detection Priority Area subgroup of the Cancer Alliance of Texas where she supports the implementation of priority areas of the state’s cancer control plan.

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