Rakhshanda Layeequr Rahman M.D.; FRCS; FACS
Professor, Department of Surgery
Director, Breast Center of Excellence
Breast Surgical Oncology Clinic : 806-775-8600
Breast Surgical Oncology Clinic: UMC Southwest Cancer Center Breast Center of Excellence
Dr. Rahman joined Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2009, and is the founding executive director of the multi-campus Breast Center of Excellence established in 2010. She spearheaded the development of the first breast center of excellence in west Texas accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The prospective data management program and community outreach program at the center received commendations at the national level. Dr. Rahman is the Project Director for the Access to Breast and Cervical Care for West Texas (ABC2WT) project which provides breast and cervical cancer education and screening across the 26 counties of Texas Panhandle. She maintains an active clinical research, educational and leadership portfolio and serves on several local, regional and national boards and committees including American Society of Breast Surgeons and National Consortium of Breast Centers.
She graduated from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, where she completed her internship and residency. She then spent several years furthering her studies, completing fellowships in breast and general surgery in 2001 at Aga Khan, followed by Breast subspecialty fellowship at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences.
Dr. Rahman is the recipient of several awards and honors including the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), Professional Breast Health Champion, Texans Caring for Texans Award, and Amarillo Women’s Network Career Achievement Award.
Director of the Breast Center of Excellence in Amarillo.
Comprehensive Breast Cancer Care
Risk Assessment and Prevention of Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Survivors Quality of Life
Ultrasound guided percutaneous diagnosis and treatment of breast disease
Oncoplastic management of Breast Cancer
Director of the Breast Center of Excellence in Amarillo.
Director TTUHSC Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship
Ultrasound Instructor American College of Surgeons
Certified Facilitator “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
Fellowship in Disease of the Breast University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little
Rock, Arkansas, USA, 2004.
Fellowship in General and Breast Surgery, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. 2001.
Residency in General Surgery, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. 1999.
Internship, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. 1994.
MBBS, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. 1993.
Texas State Medical Board
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC)
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, UK
College of Physicians and Surgeons in General Surgery, Pakistan
Breast Cancer Staging with Magnetic Resonance for Treatment (B-SMART) Planning – A Prospective Randomized trial; 160 patients enrolled thus far – target accrual = 400.
Coping skills intervention program for quality of life in breast cancer survivors – A Prospective Randomized trial; accrual completed – two-year quality of life scores under analysis.
Investigating CTA in triple negative breast cancers as potential therapeutic target; 50 banked triple negative tumors; 2 new cell lines developed – initial data under analysis.
Review of literature for diagnosis and treatment of periductal mastitis/mammary fistula.
Role of HPV in breast cancer:
Testing developed cell lines for HPV
Testing HPV in breast milk from lactating mothers
Evaluation of volatile biomarkers in novel bio-specimens for prevention and diagnostics
PI; Access to Breast Care and Cervical for West Texas (ABC24WT); Cancer Prevention And Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The major goal of this project is to establish systems of breast and cervical cancer screening and early detection for the underserved population. 2014 – Current
Site PI; Phase I/II study of low-dose cyclophosphamide and tumor associated peptide antigen-pulsed dendritic cell followed by low-dose granulocyte -macrophage colony stimulating factor in patients with advanced progressive and/or refractory solid tumors (FDA IND 12612). TTUHSC & Kiromic LLC. 2014 - Current
Site PI; L-MicroStudy: Tissue and Body Fluid Biorepository 2014 – Current
PI; Change Cycle Coping Skills for Breast Cancer Survivors. Payne Foundation. The major goal of this project is to study the impact of coping skills class on the quality of life of breast cancer survivors. 2014 – 2016
Site PI; Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) studies. 2012 - Current
Site PI; South Plains Oncology Consortium (SPOC) Tissue Banking. The major goal of this project is to build a cancer tissue repository for translational work. Site PI is responsible for the tissue banking efforts in Texas Panhandle. 2009 - Current
PI; Endowment for Excellence in Women’s Health; ASCO. The major goal of this endowment is to protect time for women’s health research including site PI for Alliance, SWOG, and investigator initiated trials. We have participated in ACOSOG Z-1071 trial, and SWOG vitamin D trial. Currently, Alliance Z11102, and A011202are open addressing the role of breast conservation in multi-centric disease, and axillary dissection respectively. 2010 - Current.
In The News:
Mark Hendricks. TTUHSC’s Rahman Awarded CPRIT Grant Funding Expansion. TTUHSC Daily Dose. April 11, 2019. More
Rakhshanda Rahman, MD. 2015 Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research Conference. Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRITTexas). Web. More
Marissa Lucero. KVII News, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. November 15th 2014. More
Veronica Dietrich. KAMR News, MyHighPlains.com, Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. September 26 2013. Web. More
Steve Myers. KVII News, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. June 23rd 2012. More
KVII News, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. October 14th 2010. More
Bridges MG, Siwawa P, Pham P, Crawford S, Layeequr Rahman R. Uptake of Preventive Therapy Amongst Women at High Risk of Breast Cancer Utilizing the Chemoprevention Indication score (CIS). The Breast (Submitted - 2016)
Calasanz E, Murray R, Mehmood M, Layeequr Rahman R, Nazim M, A Rare Presentation of Chyle Leak following Choledochotomy. International Journal of Case Reports and Images, July 2015, Vol. 6, No. 7.
Layeequr Rahman R, Baker T, Kauffman R. SOFT Trial Can Be Hard on Young Women. The Breast; Dec;24(6):767-8. doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2015.08.010. Epub 2015 Sep 19. 2015.
Mirandola L, Figueroa JA, Phan TT, Grizzi F4, Kim M, Layeequr Rahman R, Jenkins MR, Cobos E, Jumper C, Alalawi R, Chiriva-Internati M. Novel antigens in non-small cell lung cancer: SP17, AKAP4, and PTTG1 are potential immunotherapeutic targets. Oncotarget. 2015 Feb 20;6(5):2812-26.
Layeequr Rahman R, Crawford S, Siwawa P. Management of Axilla – The Saga Continues. The Breast 2015, http: //dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2015.03.010
Colombo M, Mirandola L, Reidy A, Suvorava N, Konala V, Chiaramonte R, Grizzi F, Layeequr Rahman R, Jenkins M, Nugyen D, Dahlbeck S, Cobos E, Figueroa J, Chiriva-Internati M. Targeting Tumor Initiating Cells through Inhibition of Cancer Testis Antigens and Notch Signaling: A Hypothesis. International Reviews of Immunology March 2015, Vol. 34, No. 2: 188-199.
Figueroa J, Reidy A, Mirandola L, Trotter K, Suvorava N, Figueroa A, Konala V, Aulakh A, Littlefield L, Grizzi F, Layeequr Rahman R, Jenkins M, Musgrove B, Radhi S, D'Cunha N, D'Cunha L N, Hermonat P L, Cobos E, Chiriva-Internati M. Chimeric Antigen Receptor Engineering: A Right Step in the Evolution of Adoptive Cellular Immunotherapy. International Reviews of Immunology March 2015, Vol. 34, No. 2: 154-187.
Mirandola L, Figueroa J, Phan T, Grizzi F, Kim, M, Layeequr Rahman, R, Jenkins M, Cobos E, Jumper C, Alalawi R, Chiriva-Internati M. Novel antigens in non-small cell lung cancer: SP17, AKAP4, and PTTG1 are potential immunotherapeutic targets. Oncotarget 2014; 5 (21).
Ebrahim AH, Alalawi Z, Mirandola L, Layeequr Rahman R, Dahlbeck S, Nguyen D, Jenkins M, Grizzi F, Cobos E, Figueroa JA, Chiriva-Internati M. Galectins in cancer: carcinogenesis, diagnosis and therapy. Ann Transl Med. 2014 Sep;2(9):88. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2305-5839.2014.09.12. Review.
Pena C, Mirandola L, Figueroa JA, Hosiriluck N, Suvorava N, Trotter K, Reidy A, Layeequr Rahman R, Payne D, Jenkins M, Grizzi F, Littlefield L, Chiriva-Internati M, Cobos E. Galectins as therapeutic targets for hematological malignancies: a hopeful sweetness. Ann Transl Med. 2014 Sep;2(9):87. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2305-5839.2014.09.14.
Layeequr Rahman R. Development of Leadership Choice – Key to Relationships with Self, Others, and Mentees. Dominguez, N.& Wong, C. (Eds).7th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Developmental Networks: Mentoring and Coaching at Work. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico. October 2014.
Mirandola L, Nguyen DD, Layeequr Rahman R, Grizzi F, Yuefei Y, Figueroa JA, Jenkins MR, Cobos E, Chiriva-Internati M. Anti-galectin-3 therapy: a new chance for multiple myeloma and ovarian cancer? Int Rev Immunol. 2014 Oct;33(5):417-27. doi: 10.3109/08830185.2014.911855.
Cobos C, Figueroa JA, Mirandola L, Colombo M, Summers G, Figueroa A, Aulakh A, Konala V, Verma R, Riaz J, Wade R, Saadeh C, Rahman RL, Pandey A, Radhi S, Nguyen DD, Jenkins M, Chiriva-Internati M, Cobos E. The Role of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Infection in Non-Anogenital Cancer and the Promise of Immunotherapy: A Review. Int Rev Immunol. 2014 Oct;33(5):383-401. doi: 10.3109/08830185.2014.911857.
Mirandola L, Yu Y, Cannon MJ, Jenkins MR, Rahman RL, Nguyen DD, Grizzi F, Cobos E, Figueroa JA, Chiriva-Internati M. Galectin-3 inhibition suppresses drug resistance, motility, invasion and angiogenic potential in ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Oct 6. pii: S0090-8258(14)01348-1. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2014.09.021.
Layeequr Rahman R. Breast Health in the Texas Panhandle: Women Inspiring Serving and Educating (WISE) Project. Panhandle Health 2013; 24(1):16-22.
Schubart JR, Dominici LS, Farnan M, Kelly TA, Manahan ER, Rahman R, Smith JS, Kass RB. Shared Decision Making in Breast Cancer: National Practice Patterns of Surgeons. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Aug.
Layeequr Rahman R, Crawford S, Felts S, Wischkaemper E, Phillip B. Impact of Community Outreach on Stage Distribution of Breast Cancer in the Texas Panhandle. Texas Public Health Journal 2013; 65(1): 28-31.
JPrairie B, Brawford S, Jenkins M, Layeequr Rahman R,; Sexual Function is a Key Component of Breast Cancer Survivor Quality of Life (submitted) Nov 2012
Pandey A, Kurup A, Shrivastava A, Radhi S, Nguyen D, Arentz C, D’Chuna N, Hardwick F, D’Souza M, Jenkins M, Chiaramonte R, Platonova N, Grizzi F, Kast M, Cobos E, Layeequr Rahman R, Chiriva N, - Cancer Testes Antigens in Breast Cancer: Biological Role, Regulation, and Therapeutic Applicability; International Reviews of Immunology 2012 Oct; (5): 302-320
Layeequr Rahman R. Sandhya P. Chemoprevention of Breast Cancer: The Paradox of Evidence versus Advocacy Inaction. Advances in Cancer Chemoprevention; Cancers 2012: (4): 1146-1160
Roh J, Arredondo M, Layeequr Rahman R. Cholecystohepaticodochal Fistula, a Rare Variation of Mirizzi Syndrome, Panhandle Health 2012; 22(4): 9-10
Layeequr Rahman R. Breast Masses during Lactation. ABM News and Views (accepted – invited manuscript).
Layeequr Rahman R. Mammographic Screening for Breast Cancer: An Agreement to Disagree, Panhandle Health 2012; 22(3): 34-37
Zhang Y, Jones B, Layeequr Rahman R, Johnson L, Jenkins M, Pence B. Challenges Associated with Assessment and Use of Mammography Screening Rates in Rural West Texas. Texas Pub Health Journal 2011; 64(2): 20-24
Ortiz-pagan S, Cunto-Amesty G, Narayan S, Derrick C, Crawford S, Larkin A, Khan A, Quinlan R, Layeequr Rahman R. Impact of Paget's Disease on Survival in Breast Cancer - an exploratory study, Archives of Surgery 2011; 146(11): 1267-70.
Pena C, Miorandola L, Figueroa J, Payne D, Hostitriluck N, Reidy A, Suvorava N, Layeequr Rahman R, Whitlow AR, Verma R, Cobos E, Chiriva-Internati M. Therapeutic Targets of Monoclonal Antibodies. In: Biosimilars of Monoclonal Antibodies, a Practical Guide to Manufacturing and Preclinical and Clinical Development. Ed: Liu C, Morrow KJ. John Wiley and Sons; Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
Henry Kuerer, Layeequr Rahman R, et al: Multidisciplinary Breast Surgical Oncology Training. In: Breast Surgical Oncology. 1st edition. McGraw-Hill; 2009
Layeeque R, Klimberg VS. Breast: Physiologic Considerations in Normal, Benign and Neoplastic States. In: Miller T, Fabri J, Bass B, Mercer D, Haisch C, Merrell R, Myers S. Editors. Modern Surgical Care: Physiologic Foundations and Clinical Applications. 3rd edition. Informa Health Care; 2006.
Layeeque R, Klimberg VS. Indications and Techniques for Excisional Breast Biopsy. In: Singletary SE, Robb GL, Hortobagyi GN. Editors. Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease. 2nd edition. Ontario: BC Decker Inc; 2003.
“From Prevention to Survivorship Decoding the Breast Health Journey” – 11th Annual Breast Health Summit – November 3, 2015.
“Delivering Services in Rural Communities” – 4th Annual Innovations in Cancer Prevention and Research (CPRIT) Conference – November 20, 2015.
Layeequr Rahman R. Development of Leadership Choice – Key to Relationships with Self, Others, and Mentees.7th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Developmental Networks: Mentoring and Coaching at Work. October 2014, Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico
“Conflict Management” – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Leadership Program for Residents – May 12 & 28, 2015.
“Time Management” – Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Surgery Grand Rounds, February 19, 2014, Amarillo, Texas.
“When Is Enough Enough” – Breast Health Collaborative of Texas, 9th Annual Breast Health Summit, November 8, 2013, Houston, Texas.
Schubart J, Dominici L,Farnan M, Kelly T, Manahan E, Layeequr Rahman R, Smith J, Kass R, - Shared Decision Making in Breast Cancer: National Practice Patterns of Surgeons. The American Society of Breast Surgeons 14th Annual Meeting, May 1-5, 2013, Chicago, IL (Accepted)
“Thinking Out of the Box; Best Practices” – CPRIT 2012 Conference, October 26, 2012, Austin, Texas.
“Access to Breast Care for West Texas (ABC4WT) & WISE Women Program – 8th Annual Breast Health Summit, October 25, 2012. Houston, Texas.
Miller B, Nakrani P, Maples P, Knight A, Day L, Layeequr Rahman R, Gibbs R, Reynolds P, - Establishing Community Biobanks in Texas: Aspects of the TCRB Experience. CPRIT Conference, October 2012, Austin, Texas, USA
Zhang Y, Pence, B, Layeequr Rahman R, Arentz C, Jones B, Johnson L, Jenkins M. - Continuing Progress In A Rural Breast Cancer Screening Program: Update On Abc4wt: Access To Breast Care For West Texas. CPRIT Conference, October 2012, Austin, Texas, USA
Seventh Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities “Battling Breast Cancer Disparities: Frontline Strategies, Ft. Worth, Texas July 12, 2012.
Medut D, Wilkinson E, Joshipura M, Ali A, Coscia C, Layeequr Rahman R. M, Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) – Role in Breast Cancer Staging. North Texas Chapter of American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting. February 2012, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Layeequr Rahman R, Khokhar MO, Chase D, Day L, Khan A, Aragon G, Larkin A, Quinlan R, Arredondo M. Breast Cancer Staging with Magnetic Resonance for Treatment Planning (B-SMART) – A Prospective Randomized Trial: Interim Analysis. 13th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. May 2012, Phoenix, AR, USA
Zhang Y, Jones B, Layeequr Rahman R, Johnson L, Jenkins M, Pence B. Challenges Associated with Assessment and Use of Mammography Screening Rates in Rural West Texas. Texas Public Health Association 88th Annual Education Conference. March 2012, Austin, Texas USA
“The Latest in Breast Cancer Prevention” – Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas, USA. October 2011.
“Increasing Awareness and Allocating Resources for Breast Health”- Wise Women Breast Awareness, Hereford, Texas, USA. October 2011.
“Assessment of Risk Status for Breast Cancer in Contemporary Practice” Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Amarillo Area 2011 Cancer Symposium, Amarillo, Texas, USA. September 2011.
Prairie B, Crawford S, Layeequr Rahman R, Jenkins M. Sexual Function and Breast Cancer: The Elephant In The Bedroom. North American Menopause Society. (First prize). September 2011, MD, USA
Woodburn T, Knight A, Ronaghan C, Layeequr Rahman R, Arentz C, Cordero J, Quick D, Tafur I, Graham S, Pinto J, Wachtel M, Miller B, Jenkins M, Arredondo M, Nahleh Z, Lea J, Reynolds P. The South Plains Oncology Consortium Cancer Biobank. Cancer Prevention and Research Conference - August 2011. Austin, Texas USA.
Zhang Y, Jones B, Layeequr Rahman R, Johnson L, Jenkins M, Pence B. Challenges Associated with Assessment of Rural Mammography Screening Rates. Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Conference. August 2011. Austin, Texas, USA.
“Importance of Early Detection” and Financial Support within the Community – Amarillo Area Breast Health Coalition, Amarillo, Texas USA. May 2011.
Hamby P, Khokhar M, Crawford S, Layeequr Rahman R. Declining Rates of Axillary Lymph Node Dissection. 4th International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis and Lymphovascular System. May 2011. New York City, New York, USA
Khokhar MO, Crawford S, Jamaluddin S, Layeequr Rahman R. Must we stage nodal status for treatment of all invasive breast cancers? 4th International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis and Lymphovascular System. May 2011. New York City, New York, USA
Layeequr Rahman R. Impact of Menopausal Symptoms on Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors. MASCC/ISOO 2011 Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer International Symposium. 2011
Zhang Y, Jones B, Layeequr Rahman R, Johnson L, Jenkins M, Pence B. ABC4WT: Access to Breast Care for West Texas Public Health Region 1. Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Conference. November 2010. Austin, TX, USA.
Dobbs P, Buford L, Crawford S, Arredondo M, Layeequr Rahman R. Determinants of Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Survivors. American Society of Clinical Oncology. October 2010. Washington DC, USA.
Buford L, Thamwiwat A, Crawford S, Rudolph N, Jenkins M, Layeequr Rahman R. Women Inspiring, Serving and Educating (WISE) Woman program – preliminary results of an educational intervention. 34th Annual Symposium of American Society of Breast Disease. April 2010. New York City, NY, USA.
Layeequr Rahman R, Derrick C, Crawford S, Rudolph N, Arredondo M. The Effect of Paget’s disease on Survival in Breast Cancer. 63rd Annual Cancer Symposium of Society of Surgical Oncology. March 2010. St. Louis MO, USA
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