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iUTMB  •  Published Monday, August 4, 2014, 4:07 PM

Welcome Dr. Douglas S. Tyler as Chair of Surgery


Dr_Douglas_S_TylerAfter a national search Dr. Douglas S. Tyler has agreed to join the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as Chair of the Department of Surgery. He will start his tenure on or about October 1, 2014.

Dr. Tyler received his M.D. with honors from Dartmouth Medical School in 1985, and went on to complete his postdoctoral training as Chief Resident in Surgery at Duke University Medical Center and a Surgical Oncology Fellow at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Tyler currently serves as a Professor of Surgery with tenure and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology within the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. Previously he served as Chief of the Section of Surgical Oncology at Duke. He also is a Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgical Services at Durham VA Medical Center. 

Dr. Tyler’s clinical practice focuses on GI cancers and melanoma. Since 1997, he has been a member of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. He serves as Director of the Melanoma Program within the Duke Cancer Institute. Recently, he has been involved in organizing the Oncology Services for Duke Health System and was appointed Associate Director of strategic planning within the Cancer Institute.        

A national leader in his field, Dr. Tyler runs one of the largest regional chemotherapy treatment and clinical research programs in the country. He is the principal investigator on several Phase I regional therapy trials in melanoma.

Author of more than 200 published works including peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, Dr. Tyler reviews for prestigious periodicals such as the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research, the Journal of Surgical Oncology and the British Journal of Cancer. He is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Included on Castle Connolly’s America's Top Doctors list for several years in a row, Dr. Tyler’s other accolades include the David C. Sabiston, Jr. Teaching Award for excellence in resident education, the Durham VA Medical Center “Partners in Care” Nursing Service Excellence Award and the Duke Surgery Excellence in Simulation Teaching Award for providing exemplary service in skills training to residents in the surgical education and activities lab. As a Director for the American Board of Surgery, he is an elected representative to the Society of Surgical Oncology.