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Location

Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-822-4242
Fax: 832-825-1503

Address

6701 Fannin St., Ste. 1510
Houston, TX 77030

Research Laboratory

Omar Shakeel, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine

Education

School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine Fellowship Pediatric Hematology-Oncology 2020
Emory University School of Medicine Residency Pediatrics 2017
University of Central Florida College of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2014
University of Florida Bachelors Bachelor of Science, Microbiology and Cell Science 2010

About

Dr. Omar Shakeel completed his pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training in 2020. He is board certified in general pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Shakeel completed his undergraduate education at the University of Florida and later his medical education at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine and residency at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Shakeel believes it is a humbling privilege to help carry and support patients and families through vulnerable times as well as have an opportunity to make a difference through new discoveries. He has an interest in survivorship and evaluating late effect outcomes of treatment.

Board Certifications American Board of Pediatrics

Organizations

Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Member
American Board of Pediatrics Member
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Member
American Society of Hematology (ASH) Member
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) Member
Children's Oncology Group (COG) Member

Research Statement

The field of pediatric hematology-oncology offers much opportunity to support patients and their families and perhaps more importantly, the opportunity to make a difference through research and new discoveries. During his fellowship, he was frequently asked by families what triggered cancer to develop in their child. As a result, he became interested in in environmental exposures (e.g., toxicants) on the development of pediatric cancers.

Notably, the incidence of pediatric cancers has steadily increased since 1975, which could suggest that other exogenous factors are accounting for an increasing proportion of cases. For his fellowship research project, he evaluated the association between parental medical radiation exposure and risk of sporadic retinoblastoma in their offspring.

More recently, he evaluated environmental toxicants on the risk of other pediatric cancers and plan to explore the role of environment on pediatric cancer outcomes. Currently, he is seeing patients in the Long-Term Survivor clinic and conducting studies to study late effects from treatment (with particular interest in oncofertility). He hopes to improve the quality of life and overall health outcomes for childhood cancer survivors. 

Selected Publications

Awards

2020     Pediatric Research Symposium Research Award, Baylor College of Medicine
2019     2019 Outstanding Fellow, Texas Society of Clinical Oncology

Language

English

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