Dr. Adan Rios - Internal Medicine, Oncology
Dr. Adan Rios – Internal Medicine, Oncology

A faculty member in the Department of Internal Medicine was recognized both as a caregiver and a cancer survivor by the Pink Door cancer charity at its 10th anniversary gala Friday, Nov. 10.

Dr. Adan Rios, associate professor in the division of oncology, was honored as one of three physicians by the Houston organization, whose mission is to financially support women undergoing cancer treatment by helping them pay home, auto, or general living expenses.

A native of Panama, Rios received his medical degree from the University of Panama and completed his fellowship in medical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he subsequently was the director of clinical research and academic affairs of the AIDS Program at the Institute for Immunological Disorders. He joined the McGovern Medical School faculty in 2008 and is internationally known for his work in HIV-associated malignancies and treatment of tumors with biological response modifiers.

After more than 40 years treating patients, last year Rios became a cancer patient himself, battling head and neck cancer.

“I do not want to be great – I want to be grateful,” Rios said. “I am grateful to this organization – they have given me the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Pink Door also honored Dr. Merrick I. Ross, Charles M. McBride Distinguished Professor of surgery and chief of the melanoma section in the Department of Surgical Oncology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Dr. Timothy Sitter, of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Dr. Julie Rowe, assistant professor of internal medicine, oncology, serves as a member of Pink Door’s board of directors.