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Tom Buchholz is the Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center at Houston, which has been recognized by US News and World Report as the nation's leading cancer center. Tom has had a distinguished career in medicine, research and education. Prior to his current role, he served as Head of the Division of Radiation Oncology and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology.
After graduating from Bucknell with a B.A. in Philosophy, Tom entered medical school at Tufts University in Boston. In 1988, he was awarded with the top medical graduate prize and went to the University of Washington in Seattle for residency and a fellowship. He served four years in the military as a Radiation Oncologist at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and in various institutional leadership positions such as Residency Program Director, Director of Education, Provost and Executive Vice President, ad-interim.
He also has held a number of national leadership positions including co-chairing the Breast Cancer Steering Committee of the NCI (National Cancer Institute), serving as Editor-in-Chief of a major scientific journal, and just recently completing a term as the President of the American Radium Society, the nation's oldest multidisciplinary cancer organization.
Tom's reputation for excellence in the field of breast oncology is widely known, both nationally and internationally. His academic interests focus on clinical and translational research in breast cancer and radiation oncology. Specific interests include studying molecular determinants of treatment resistance and investigating novel combinations of targeted therapy with radiation to improve the therapeutic outcome. He has authored numerous book chapters and more than 300 original peer-reviewed research articles helping to define modern-day treatment approaches for breast cancer patients. A sought-after speaker, visiting professor and educator, he lectures throughout the U.S., South America, Europe and Asia.
Tom is married to Mara Reece Buchholz '85 and they have two children, Erin and Alexander.