The WISE Conference 2018 Speaker

DR. PAMELA SCHLEMBACH

Dr. Pamela Schlembach is a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology. She completed her residency in radiation oncology at MD Anderson in 2002, where she received several awards and continues to have numerous publications. She has a broad background in treating all adult cancers with radiation and specializes in caring for patients diagnosed with cancers of the breast, central nervous system and prostate.  Dr. Schlembach was one of the pioneer faculty members involved in the design of the MD Anderson practice locations in the community and began as the director of radiation oncology in The Woodlands location in 2004.   In 2013 she was the recipient of the prestigious Interfaith Service Award in Healthcare in The Woodlands for her tireless effort over the years in building relationships with local hospitals, physician relations to improve access and quality of care for oncology patients and for her volunteerism in the community.   CHI St. Luke’s Woodlands Hospital recognized her leadership and outstanding contributions as the medical director of the Gamma knife treatment program for those afflicted with brain tumors in 2011.  Ten years ago, Dr. Schlembach was invited by the founding members of the breast cancer survivorship group in Montgomery County, Breast Friends to manage growth and offer much needed supportive services and education.  To date this group has served more than 800 women and is now the largest cancer support group in Greater Northwest Houston.  In collaboration with these survivors in the group,  Dr. Schlembach published their stories in the  book entitled, The Breast Cancer Journey- Stories of hope with action items for survival  As a result of Dr. Schlembach’ s efforts, many of the innovative clinical trials of MDACC are administered in The Woodlands location.   She co-authored a landmark study that has changed delivery of radiation to a shorter course of treatment for breast cancer patients.  In 2010, Dr. Schlembach was instrumental in the establishment of the first breast cancer multidisciplinary oncology team in a community setting for MD Anderson that has served as a model for all the other regional centers.  Because of her professional contributions to the field of radiation oncology, involvement in the community, volunteerism, educational outreach, as well as philanthropic efforts for cancer patients, she was recognized in 2015 as one of Houston’s most influential women.   Currently Dr. Schlembach remains busy as the Center Medical Director of the MD Anderson Woodlands facility with over 125 staff members. Future plans are to move to the new 200,000 square feet facility off 242 and Fellowship drive opening the Fall of 2019.   When Dr. Schlembach isn’t involved in some passionate work for involving cancer patients, the community or church, she enjoys time with Chuck, the love of her life for the past 40 years, her two adult Longhorn graduates, Jaclyn and Robert, a sunset cruise on Lake Conroe, early morning walks, cooking meals for friends, Hallmark movies, biking, social media, dark chocolate, and Sunday afternoon naps.