Director of the San Antonio Cancer Institute appointed


William Henrich, M.D., M.A.C.P., dean of the Health Science Center’s School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs, and Karen Fields, M.D., president and CEO at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC), are pleased to announce that the Health Science Center and the CTRC have jointly recruited one of the nation’s outstanding oncologists, Tyler Curiel, M.D., to lead the San Antonio Cancer Institute (SACI).

Dr. Curiel is currently professor and chief, section of hematology and medical oncology, at Tulane Medical School. He received his M.D. from Duke Medical School in 1982 and his M.P.H. from Harvard the following year. He completed an internship and residency in medicine at Yale and was a clinical and research fellow in infectious diseases and in medicine at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Curiel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Medical Oncology.
He will hold the titles of assistant dean for oncology in the School of Medicine as well as interim division chief of the division of medical oncology, and will also serve as the CTRC’s scientific director.

“Dr. Curiel brings a wealth of knowledge and invaluable experience to the South Texas region,” Dr. Henrich said. “I am excited, too, that his expertise will enable us to continue to build our clinical practice founded upon solid scientific discovery. Under Dr. Curiel’s leadership, I know the fine existing programs will only be enhanced. This is another fine example of our partnership between the CTRC and the Health Science Center.”

The SACI, a joint program of CTRC and the Health Science Center, is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center and is only one of two centers with this prestigious distinction in Texas.

“Dr. Curiel will create one of the nation’s premier oncology teams, building on the strength of the partnership between CTRC and the Health Science Center as we jointly provide the finest in oncology research and care to this region and beyond,” Dr. Fields said.

Dr. Curiel is married to Ruth Berggren, M.D., a distinguished physician in her own right, who received her M.D. from Harvard and completed residencies and fellowships at Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Berggren is a Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, and Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, and is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Berggren will join the Health Science Center faculty in the division of infectious diseases.

Drs. Curiel and Berggren will be assuming their duties in the late summer.

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