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Thomas W. Burke, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement


Dr. Thomas W. Burke is the Executive Vice President and Physician-in-Chief at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Burke is responsible for oversight and strategic planning for patient care delivery throughout the hospital, clinics and outreach programs.

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 has written or contributed to chapters on vulvar and endometrial cancers for several textbooks and has authored or co-authored more than 150 original medical articles. His clinical and educational activities have been recognized through his national and international presentations on gynecologic cancers.

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

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1978 Tulane University, New Orleans, TX, MD, Medicine
1974 Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, BS, Summa Cum Laude, Biology

Postgraduate Training

7/1984-6/1986 Clinical Fellowship, Gynecologic Oncology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
7/1979-6/1982 Clinical Residency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
7/1978-6/1979 Clinical Internship, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI

Board Certifications

1988 American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
1984 American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Other Appointments/Responsibilities

President, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), Chicago, IL, 3/2008-2/2009
President, Felix Rutledge Society, Houston, TX, 2003-2005

Honors and Awards

2007-2012 Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors

Last updated: 12/10/2012