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Keith Argenbright, MD, is a Professor in the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and Department of Clinical Sciences where he serves as the Chief of Community Health Sciences at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Argenbright serves as the Director of Mentoring, Leadership and Career Development, and Chair of the Education Mentoring & Oversight Committee within the Center for Translational Medicine (CTM). 

In addition to his role at UT Southwestern, Dr. Argenbright serves as Director of Moncrief Cancer Institute, an affiliate of the NCI-designated, UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. Moncrief Cancer Institute is a non-profit, community-based cancer prevention and support center, providing services spanning the cancer continuum of care, including public education and outreach, cancer prevention and early detection, behavioral and nutritional counseling, genetic testing and counseling, survivorship services and population research. Since the inception of its initial prevention program in 2010, Moncrief Cancer Institute has been the recipient of $55 million in local, state and federal awards.   

Drawing on his academic, business, and political skills, Dr. Argenbright formed community coalitions and alliances to bring cancer prevention and early detection clinical services, and Population Science research to the more rural areas of Fort Worth, Texas and its surrounding counties.  The result is a network of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening collaborators including nurse navigation to provide services to rural and medically underserved residents.  In addition, under his supervision, genetic screening services were expanded to include remote and underserved areas, closing the critical disparity in adherence to medical management guidelines.

As part of his role at UT Southwestern, Dr. Argenbright teaches a course on management principles and developing leadership skills for clinical/translational researchers, which is consistently one of the highest rated courses in the CTM curriculum.  Applying his nearly 30 years of mentoring experience, he also launched an extremely successful case-based mentor training program for mid-career faculty.

In 2014, Dr. Argenbright earned the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.  Considered the top teaching prize in the UT system, it is one of the largest teaching award programs in the country.

Dr. Argenbright is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Tulane University School of Medicine.  He completed a family practice residency at John Peter Smith Hospital and a Master of Medical Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Education

Medical School
Tulane University School of Medicine (1984)
Residency
John Peter Smith Hospital (1987), Family Medicine
Graduate School
Carnegie Mellon University (2009)

Honors & Awards

  • UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award
    (2014)
  • Top 100 Business Leaders in North Texas by The Dallas Morning News
    (1999)