Featured Speaker


Thomas A Buchholz, M.D.


Dr. Buchholz serves as executive vice president and physician-in-chief at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he provides leadership for the institution’s clinical programs. He holds the Hubert L. and Olive Stringer Distinguished Chair in Oncology in Honor of Sue Gribble Stringer and was previously head of MD Anderson’s Division of Radiation Oncology.

After earning his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Bucknell University, Dr. Buchholz completed his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he won the Hewlett Packard Top Medical Graduate Award. He completed a residency in radiation oncology and a fellowship in radiobiology research, both at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Dr. Buchholz moved to Texas when he joined the radiation oncology staff at Wilford Hall Medical Center on Lackland Air Force Base. In 1997, he joined the faculty at MD Anderson.

As physician-in-chief, he oversees clinical operations and patient care activities in the hospital and ambulatory centers. Working with his senior leadership team, he is responsible for clinical quality and safety initiatives, patient experience and satisfaction, and the transition to MD Anderson’s new electronic medical record. Dr. Buchholz also has a strong interest in mentoring junior faculty and trainees in both clinical and translational research.

His academic pursuits focus on clinical and translational research in breast cancer and radiation oncology, resulting in more than 350 peer-reviewed research articles, editorials and book chapters. Dr. Buchholz serves in many national leadership positions, including co-chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Steering Committee. He is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology.