About Us

Thomas Burke, M.D.

Dr. Thomas W. Burke is the Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He joined the institution in 1988 after serving in the United States Armed Forces. In his position, Dr. Burke is responsible for oversight and strategic planning for patient care delivery throughout the hospital, clinics and outreach programs. One of his major goals is to enhance patient services through increased efficiency of human, fiscal and space resources.

Dr. Burke received his undergraduate degree and medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and provides clinical care for women with gynecologic malignancies. Dr. Burke’s clinical research focus has been on vulvar and endometrial cancers. He has been instrumental in the development of conservative surgical options for women with vulvar cancer, including lymphatic mapping, surgical reconstruction, and combined modality therapy for advanced tumors. His interests in uterine cancers have involved surgical staging procedures, adjuvant chemotherapy, treatment of recurrent disease, and the management of high-risk subgroups. He leads the institution’s Uterine Cancer SPORE grant team.

Dr. Burke has written or contributed to chapters on vulvar and endometrial cancers for several textbooks and has authored or co-authored more than 130 original medical articles. He is a reviewer or editorial board member for several medical journals, including Gynecologic Oncology, Cancer, Annals of Surgical Oncology, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lancet, and others.

Dr. Burke is currently a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Surgeons, the Felix Rutledge Society, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. His clinical and educational activities have been recognized through his national and international presentations on gynecologic cancers as well as by several teaching awards and nominations to Woodward and White's "Best Doctors in America" and Good Housekeeping's "Best Doctors for Women."

Dr. Burke is committed to clinical excellence, improving patient outcomes through research-driven patient care and enhancing patient service.