Dr. Melissa Blough

Dr. Melissa Blough once said that the best word to describe her was “determined,” and she could not have been more right. As an NISD alumni, Colonies North Elementary School, Hobby Middle School, and graduating from Clark High School, Dr. Blough is paving the way in cancer treatment. She currently serves as the Director of Medical Physics for the START Center for Cancer Care, where she not only works with patients on the most effective treatment for their cancer but manages the use of the Cyberknife, a non-invasive device that delivers exact doses of radiation anywhere in the body, even areas that are out of reach of other systems or traditional surgeries. Dr. Blough received her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University, and her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has served as an assistant professor at UTHSCSA, but her greatest joy is encouraging other young people to pursue careers in science and educating them on the opportunities in those fields. She has served on a citywide committee promoting involvement of businesses directly with educators to help demonstrate how math and science are applied in various careers. She has also given presentations to young girls encouraging them to pursue careers in science and mathematics, and she has worked with science fairs at local elementary schools. She is hopeful that sharing her experiences will encourage others to pursue careers in science. 

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Pillar of...: 
Trustworthiness
School: 
Clark High School
Year: 
2013
Class of ...: 
1990