George M. Stancel, PhD, was appointed executive vice president for academic and research affairs (EVPARA) for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in 2011. In this capacity, Dr. Stancel is responsible for the university’s most critical central elements of research and education.
Prior to taking on this position, Dr. Stancel served with distinction as dean of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS) for 13 years. He continued to serve as both dean and EVPRA until new leadership for the Graduate School was selected.
Dr. Stancel came to UTHealth in 1972 as an assistant professor of pharmacology at the Medical School. He joined the GSBS faculty the following year.
Over the course of his career at UTHealth, Dr. Stancel has assumed many leadership roles, serving as interim executive vice president for research affairs following Tropical Storm Allison (2001), president of the Medical School Faculty Senate, president of the GSBS faculty, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at the Medical School, and associate dean for education and research at the Medical School. In addition, he currently is a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology at the Medical School and an adjunct professor of gynecologic oncology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Stancel also has the unique distinction of having taught every student who has gone through the Medical School during his tenure and having taught at all six UTHealth schools as well as MD Anderson.
Dr. Stancel's research has received substantial funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources for his work on the effects of estrogens and related hormones and drugs on the female reproductive system. He currently directs a number of training grants for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences, including UTHealth’s NIH Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences program.
Dr. Stancel earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the College of St. Thomas in 1966 and his doctorate in biochemistry from Michigan State University. He completed postdoctoral work in physiology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.