Professor of Pathology and Genomic Medicine, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Clinical Member, Research Institute
Weill Cornell Medical College
Shortly after completing a pathology fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1968, he joined the faculty there as an Assistant Professor. He stayed at the institution for 33 years, rising quickly through the academic ranks and earning numerous awards and accolades, including the Charles A. LeMaistre, MD Outstanding Achievement Award in Cancer. Dr. Ayala also held several leadership positions there, including Director of Surgical Pathology, Deputy Chairman of the Department of Anatomic Pathology, and Interim Head of the Division of Pathology. He assumed his current positions at Houston Methodist in 2004.
Dr. Ayala’s research focuses on the pathogenesis of carcinomas of the lung, kidneys and ovaries.