Invited Faculty

Kathleen Schmeler, M.D.

Dr. Schmeler is a professor in Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She provides care to women with gynecologic malignancies, including surgery, chemotherapy and preventive services. Dr. Schmeler is also director of the colposcopy clinics at MD Anderson and its partner public institution, Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, where she treats women with preinvasive cervical, vulvar and vaginal diseases.

Dr. Schmeler received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, before pursuing her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania–Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brown University’s Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She came to MD Anderson in 2004 as a fellow in Gynecologic Oncology and joined the faculty in 2007.

Her research interest is in cervical cancer prevention and treatment, particularly for resourceconstrained countries and for medically underserved women in the U.S. She is conducting several clinical trials with MD Anderson sister institutions in Latin America and Africa. Dr. Schmeler chairs the Training and Mentoring Committee of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) and she helps oversee the Global Curriculum and Mentoring Program, a gynecologic oncology training program for regions that do not have formalized training. This two-year fellowship that matches gynecologic oncologists from high-resource settings with physicians in regions that do not offer formal training in the specialty. The program currently has training sites in Vietnam, the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Guatemala and Liberia.

Dr. Schmeler is also coleader of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), designed to share knowledge from the academic centers with the community. The program began in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where cervical cancer rates are 30 percent higher than the rest of the state. Project ECHO uses a video conference program to link MD Anderson faculty in Houston with Rio Grande Valley clinicians to discuss patient cases and teach medical techniques. The ECHO program has since expanded across many disease sites and geographic locations, including several African and Latin American countries.

Dr. Schmeler has authored and coauthored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is an active speaker, both nationally and internationally, and was recently featured in the ASCO Post for her work related to cervical cancer in resource-constrained settings.