Phone: (713) 794-1477
Address: The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center 1515 Holcombe Blvd. Box 445, FC9.2012 Houston, Texas 77030

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Dr. David C. Rice is an Associate Professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Educational Background

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Dr. Rice graduated from the School of Medicine, Trinity College in Dublin in 1991. Immediately following his graduation, he took a residency in General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota getting training in the field until 1998. In 2001 he completed his second residency, this time in cardiothoracic studies at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and known nationally and internationally for his work with mesothelioma. In addition to his interest in mesothelioma, his other main clinical interest is in minimally invasive surgery for thoracic malignancies.

Clinical Interests

Surgical management of malignant mesothelioma is the main area of clinical interest for Dr. Rice. He, along with colleagues in the Radiation Oncology Division have pioneered further research regarding intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) after surgical resection of mesothelioma. With his and other scientist’s research in the aforementioned trial, the medical field has been given new and improved ways of preoperative staging of mesothelioma, and he has participated in neoadjuvant trials of chemotherapy and novel targeted agents.

A long time advocate of less invasive surgical options, Dr. Rice was the first to perform minimally invasive esophagectomy at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and was one of the first surgeons in the United States to be trained using endobronchial ultrasound for staging of lung cancer. With his interests and training as such, he focuses on a high volume of minimally invasive lobectomies and esophagectomies for lung and esophageal cancer. Dr. Rice serves on the Executive Committee of Minimally Invasive and New Technologies in Oncology Surgery.

Additionally, Dr. Rice has been invited to lecture both nationally and internationally on mesothelioma. He has also published numerous peer-reviewed papers on the disease and was twice awarded the Surgery Chief Resident Teaching Award at the University of Texas — Houston Medical School Department of Surgery.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Rice is a member of numerous medical societies and associations. These professional memberships include:

American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Beverly, MA; Member, 5/2009-present
American College of Chest Physicians; Member, present-8/2003
American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), Durham, NC; Member, 9/2002-present
American Medical Association; Member, 6/1992-present
IASLC Mesothelioma Staging Committee, London, United Kingdom; Member, 2/2009-present
Mayo Medical Alumni Association; Member, 12/1998-present
Michael E. DeBakey International Surgical Society; Member, 7/1999-present
Minnesota Medical Association; Member, 7/1992-6/1999
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, Chicago, IL; Member, 11/2004-present
The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons; Member, 1/2003-present
Select Publications

Dr. Rice has been involved in several peer-reviewed publications, research articles, book chapters and teaching manuals. A select number of them are below:

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hemmati SH, Correa AM, Walsh GL, Swisher SG, Roth JA, Rice DC, Mehran RJ, Vaporciyan AA. The prognostic factors of chest wall metastasis resection. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. e-Pub 4/3/2011. PMID: 21466960.
Kountourakis P, Correa AM, Hofstetter WL, Lee JH, Bhutani MS, Rice DC, Komaki R, Maru DM, Ross WA, Vaporciyan A, Swisher SG, Ajani JA. Combined modality therapy of cT2N0M0 esophageal cancer: the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center experience. Cancer 117(5):925-30, 3/1/2011. e-Pub 10/19/2010. PMCID: PMC3080168.
Stephens EH, Blackmon SH, Correa AM, Roth JA, Rice DC, Hofstetter W, Benjamin R, Mehran R, Swisher SG, Walsh GL, Vaporciyan AA. Progression after Chemotherapy Is a Novel Predictor of Poor Outcomes after Pulmonary Metastasectomy in Sarcoma Patients. J Am Coll Surg. e-Pub 3/22/2011. PMID: 21435923.
Tang X, Kadara H, Behrens C, Liu D, Xiao Y, Rice DC, Gazdar AF, Fujimoto J, Moran C, Varella-Garcia M, Lee JJ, Hong WK, Wistuba II. Abnormalities of the TITF-1 lineage-specific oncogene in NSCLC: Implications in lung cancer pathogenesis and prognosis. Clin Cancer Res. e-Pub 1/2011. PMID: 21257719.
Alousi A, Ghosh S, Rice D, Moran C, Manning JT, Iliescu C, Hymes S, Kim S, Bashoura L, Kornblau S, Dickey BF. Pleuropericarditis, obliterative bronchiolitis and lymphocytic interstitial pneumonitis after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. BMJ Case Reports. e-Pub 11/2010.
Norman PH, Thall PF, Purugganan RV, Riedel BJ, Thakar DR, Rice DC, Huynh L, Qiao W, Wen S, Smythe WR. A possible association between aprotinin and improved survival after radical surgery for mesothelioma. Cancer 115(4):833-41, 2/15/2009. PMID: 19130460.
Rice, DC. Surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Ann Diagn Pathol 13(1):65-72, Feb, 2/2009.
Arrossi AV, Lin E, Rice D, Moran CA. Histologic assessment and prognostic factors of malignant pleural mesothelioma treated with extrapleural pneumonectomy. Am J Clin Pathol 130(5):754-64, 11/2008. PMID: 18854268.
Book Chapters

Suster S, Moran CA, Rice DC. Mediastinum. In: Intraoperative Consultation in Surgical Pathology. Ed(s) Ranchod M. Cambridge University Press: United Kingdom, 77-91, 2010. PMID: 978-0-521-89767-9.
Yendamuri S, Lee JH, Rice DC. Malignant: Metastatic. In: Esophageal Cancer: Principles and Practice. Demos Medical: New York, 355-359, 2009.
Eng TY, Stevens CW, Rice DC, Thomas, Jr. CR. Uncommon Thoracic Tumors. In: Clinical Radiation Oncology 2nd Eddition, 2nd. Ed(s) Gunderson LL, Tupper JE. Gunderson L.L., Tepper J.E. Philadelphia, PA, 193-1005, 2007.
Rice D, Bikkasani N, Espada R, Mattox K, Wall M. Seat belt-related chondrosternal disruption with lung herniation. In: Year Book of Diagnostic Radiology. Mosby Inc., 2005.
Rice D. Malignant pleural and pericardial effusions in breast cancer. In: Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease. Decker, Inc., 594-603, 2004.
Rice DC, Moran C. Mediastinal cysts. In: Advanced Therapy in Thoracic Surgery, 2. B.C. Decker, Inc., 429-440, 2004.
Wall Jr MJ, Rice D, Soltero E. Wounds of the heart. In: Vascular Trauma. Elsevier Science, 285-297, 2004.
Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

Rice DC. Diagnosis and management of lung cancer: ACCP evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (3rd Edition), 2010.
Rice DC. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) biopsy of mediastinal lymph nodes. The Cardiothoracic Surgery Network: St Louis, MO, 2/2008.
Rice DC. Staging of Mesothelioma – A Guide for Patients. Online teaching resource: MDACC, 2003.
Coselli JS, LeMaire SA, Köksoy C, Rice DC. Repair of proximal aortic dissection using bovine-albumin glutaraldehyde surgical adhesive,Video. 2001.


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