Onco-cardiology Focus Allows for Personalized Patient Care

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When it comes to your health, you deserve a team dedicated to all aspects of your health, not just one. The leadership of Edward T.H. Yeh, MD, at the University of Missouri School of Medicine aims to serve that purpose.

For several decades, Yeh has focused on understanding the relationship between heart disease and cancer. The National Institutes of Health, the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas and the U.S. Department of Defense have all funded his research.

His research helps medical professionals, such as the ones at MU Health Care, treat cancer patients while minimizing the risk of damage to their hearts, a side effect of certain chemotherapy drugs. This type of onco-cardiology represents a new level of personalized care for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Yeh began his journey into medical history at University of California, Berkeley, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, followed by a medical degree from the University of California, Davis. After medical residency, Yeh spent time studying immunology at Harvard Medical School and was later appointed assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1992, he joined the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

In 2000, Yeh became the founding chair of the Department of Cardiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s most respected centers — devoted exclusively to cancer care, research, education and prevention.

Yeh joined the University of Missouri in September 2016 as chair of the Department of Medicine. He continues to be affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Center through Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’s role in the MD Anderson Cancer Network. With more than 200 scientific papers and book chapters to his name, Yeh has held prominent positions in multiple medical societies, including the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He has served as president of the Houston Cardiology Society, president of the board of the American Heart Association’s Houston Chapter and as a board member of the American Heart Association’s Texas and South Central Affiliate.

“It truly is an honor to lead MU’s medicine department,” Yeh said. “I welcome the opportunity to help advance Mizzou’s stature as a leading academic medical center and research-intensive university.”

The Department of Medicine’s mission is to provide the best care to patients. By creating an excellent educational experience for students, residents and fellows, and through collaborative research, the department advances the understanding of human illness and disease. Outstanding facilities and a dedicated team of physicians, scientists, nurses and staff members in 10 core divisions help the department advance scientific achievement, clinical service and medical education.