Ronald David Alvarez, MD, Ellen Gregg Shook Culverhouse Chair in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), has been named Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). His appointment is effective September 1, 2016.
An expert in the field of clinical gene therapy for ovarian and cervical cancers, Dr. Alvarez’s research has included the development of novel therapeutics for ovarian cancer and screening and prevention strategies for cervical cancer. He has been the recipient of several National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other industry-funded grants in support of his research in gene therapeutics for ovarian cancer.
Dr. Alvarez is Senior Scientist at the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for AIDS Research at UAB and is currently a Co–Principal Investigator in cervical neoplasm vaccine projects included in the Johns Hopkins/UAB Cervical SPORE. He is also currently Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Division of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
He is a Past President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and was on the editorial board of Gynecologic Oncology. He also served on study sections for the NCI Clinical Oncology Section and the Department of Defense’s Ovarian Cancer Research Program.
Dr. Alvarez received his medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center and completed his residency and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at UAB. ■