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M. D. Anderson Executive Elected President of Society of Gynecologic Oncologists

M. D. Anderson News Release 04/07/08


Thomas W. Burke, M.D., executive vice president, physician-in-chief and professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, has been elected president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.
Burke is the fortieth president elected by the society, a national organization of more than 1,200 gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists dedicated to the care of women with cancers of the reproductive tract.

Burke began his career at M. D. Anderson in 1988 in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology. Cancers of the uterus and vulva have been his primary research focus, developing new tissue-sparing surgical and reconstruction techniques, advancing lymphatic mapping and collaborating on new multimodality therapies for advanced tumors.

Despite his significant leadership responsibilities as a member of M. D. Anderson's executive committee and head of clinical operations for one of the largest cancer centers in the nation, Burke continues to see some patients who are in follow-up care. 

"I am very proud to serve the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, the premier professional organization of the medical specialty where my roots are," said Burke.  "This year presents an intriguing opportunity to lead these two outstanding organizations simultaneously, both of which can complement each other's important missions.  I believe the next decade will produce extraordinary basic and translational research opportunities for SGO members and ultimately their patients, and, as an organization, we will need strategic objectives to maximize these opportunities."

Burke received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Tulane University.  He served his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Tripler Army Center in Honolulu, followed by a two-year fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Walter Reed Medical Center / Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Burke has authored or co-authored more than 130 medical journal publications and has written or contributed to chapters on vulvar and endometrial cancers for several textbooks.  He is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Surgeons, the Felix Rutledge Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Among the four members of M. D. Anderson's executive committee, Burke is one of two executives who assume leadership of major professional organizations this year. Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., provost and executive vice president at M. D. Anderson, will serve as president-elect of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).  04/07/08


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