UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Hurd, Thelma C.

School of Medicine
(210) 567-0716

Dr. Hurd is Surgical Oncologist with breast disease specialization, Associate Professor of Surgery, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in San Antonio (UTHSCSA), Texas and Adjunct Associate Professor at the UT School of Public Health Houston- San Antonio Extension.
She obtained her undergraduate education from Union College (AA- Liberal Arts) and Brown University (AB- Biology) and completed her medical school and General Surgery residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey followed by clinical and research surgical oncology fellowships at the Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio), and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston Texas) respectively. She has completed research fellowships in Shock/ Trauma (residency) and tumor immunobiology (MD Anderson Cancer Center). Dr. Hurd joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in 1993. In 1997, she joined the Breast Surgery Department at Roswell Park Cancer Institute Buffalo, New York and the Department of Surgery at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) in Buffalo, New York. During her eight year tenure she had a full-time commitment to research and clinical practice within the Division of Breast Surgery. In 2005 joined UT Health Science Center at San Antonio as Director of the Breast Surgery Program.
Dr. Hurd has maintained a research program throughout her career. Since 2002, Dr. Hurd?s research has focused upon health disparities in underserved populations. She founded and serves as the Director of the South Texas Esperanza y Vida Program, a breast and cervical cancer education/screening program for Hispanic women and men in Texas-Mexico Border Region counties. She is a member of the Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials (EMPaCT) project that is developing a national model for minority clinical trial participation. Dr. Hurd is a co-investigator on the UTHSCSA CTSA center grant, directed the Community Engagement Core from 2008-2011, and actively participates in the national CTSA Community Engagement Executive committee. In 2005, she joined the core leadership team in the Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research that is developing and building a comprehensive cancer program in Nigeria. From 2001-2005, she founded and served as the Executive Director of the Witness Project (community based breast and cervical cancer education program for African American women) in Buffalo (Buffalo, NY), the Witness Project of Niagara (Niagara Falls NY) and the Fruitbelt Community Witness Project (Buffalo NY) at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. This project continues to serve the Western New York community. Her clinical research has focused on markers of breast cancer progression and special surgical techniques such as skin sparing mastectomy and lymphatic mapping/sentinel node biopsy.
Her basic science research has involved investigations of HER2-neu and urinary plasminogen activator in breast cancer and her work has been published in peer review medical journals. Dr. Hurd?s recognitions for outstanding contributions to healthcare and community outreach include African American Achiever Award (Roswell Park Cancer Institute), Christian Board of Education, City of Buffalo recognition award for outstanding contributions to health care and a New York State Congressional Citation for excellence in community work and health care, the MD Anderson Cancer Center award for outstanding health disparities research and the Certificate of Congressional Recognition President?s Volunteer Service Award from the President?s Council on Service (2008) and Civic Participation for her health disparities work in the United States and Africa (United Nations). Dr. Hurd is a nine time recipient of the Best Doctors in America designation. She is a member of multiple societies, cooperative groups and journal/editorial board member for multiple journals.

1/2013 - Present Adjunct Associate Professor School of Public Health, University of Texas, Leadership Studies Concentration Program, Houston, TX
12/2007 - Present Adjunct Associate Professor School of Public Health, University of Texas-San Antonio Extension, San Antonio, TX
5/2006 - Present Director, Esperanza y Vida Program University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Surgery, San Antonio, TX
6/2005 - Present Associate Professor-Tenured and Faculty Physician University of Texas Health Science Center, Surgery, San Antonio, TX
6/2005 - Present Clinical Assistant Professor University of Texas Health Science Center, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, San Antonio, TX
1/2005 - Present Director of Breast Surgery Program University of Texas Health Science Center, Surgery, San Antonio, TX