Dr. David C. Rice – Mesothelioma Doctor – Director, Mesothelioma Program

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The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Box 445, FC9.2012
Houston, Texas 77030
Phone: 713.794.1477
Fax: 713.794.4901
Email Address: drice@mdanderson.org

Dr. David C. Rice’s education, accomplishments, publications, and awards span more than two decades and across several continents. Dr. Rice attended Trinity College, School of Medicine from 1985-1991, where he graduated with Class II Honors. During that same year, he also earned the Arthur Ball Memorial Prize in Surgery. Dr. Rice earned his BA, M.B., BAO, and B.Ch. in Dublin, Ireland and he completed an Internship (1991-1992) at St. James Hospital in Dublin as well. Back in the U.S., Rice completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas and he completed his fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Rice has a long list of honors including the 1995 Travel Prize awarded by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), made up of 2,600+ surgeons; the 1997 Kaare K. Nygaard Travel Award for Clinical Research, and finally, the 2002 Surgery Chief Resident Teaching Award presented by the University of Texas-Houston Medical School Department of Surgery. Rice’s medical career can be traced back to 2001, where he began as an Assistant Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, where he is still currently on staff.

In addition, Rice became the Director of the Mesothelioma Program, also at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, in 2004. In addition to holding the following positions — Assistant Surgeon, Assistant Professor, and Director of the Mesothelioma Program — Dr. David C. Rice is also Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program, Thoracic Surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas.

Dr. Rice has nearly two dozen selected peer-reviewed publications to his credit as well as several clinical trials that are either currently in progress or on the horizon. Just a few of Rice’s selected peer-reviewed publications/subjects include: Emergency surgery for thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms with acute presentation; Recurrent bronchogenic cyst causing recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy; Seat belt-related chondrosternal disruption with lung herniation, and Promising early local control of malignant pleural mesothelioma following postoperative intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) to the chest.

Dr. Rice is currently concluding enrollment on a Phase II trial of extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) followed by Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). Dr. Rice is also opening a new trial of preoperative Alimta/Cisplatin, followed by EPP and IMRT.