Visiting Professors

Name:Zhong-Xing Liao

Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Clinical Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Educational Background

Degree-Granting Education
1982 M.D., Medicine,  Hunan Medical University, Changsha, China

Postgraduate Training
1989-1993  Research Fellowship, Experimental Radiation Oncology, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1993-1994  Clinical Fellowship, Radiation Oncology, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1994-1995  Clinical Internship, Internal Medicine, the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
1995-1999  Clinical Residency, Radiation Oncology, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Research

Her research interests focus on improving the therapeutic ratio of radiation therapy for thoracic malignancies through translational research. More specifically, she is seeking to improve the efficacy and reduce the toxicity of chemoradiation therapy for lung and esophageal cancers by using molecular targeting strategies; by using advanced radiation delivery technologies; by generating and using models for predicting risks of normal tissue toxicity; by reducing that toxicity with adaptive modification of radiation parameters based on biomarkers such as SNPs and serum levels of inflammatory cytokines,  by reducing the symptom burden and improving patients quality of life using integrative medicine,  and ultimately, by developing strategies to practice  highly personalized treatments.

Key Projects Involved

Institutional Committee Activities
Member, Data Safety Monitoring Board, 9/2008-8/2010
Member, The Executive Committee for Medical Staff, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1/2007-present
Member, Harris County Health District (HCHD/MDACC) Joint Operation Committee, 1/2007-present
Member, Uncompensated Care Advisory Committee, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1/2007-2009
Member, MDACC/HCHD Quarterly Administrative/Medical Advisory Committee, 1/2007-2009
Member, IRB Data Safety Monitoring Committee, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1/2005-2008
Member, Steering Committee for China, Extramural Program, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 6/2004-present
Member, Asia Task Force, Extramural Program, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, 7/1999-present

Honors & Awards

2011 The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award-American Association for Women Radiologists, AAWR
2007 Outstanding Contribution to Radiation Oncology Education for China Award, Chinese Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
2007 Outstanding International Collaboration Award, Chinese Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology