Welcome to our new Head of Surgical Oncology

Alexander Parikh MD, MPH, FACS, FSSO, has joined Mays Cancer Center, home of UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center as Chief of Surgical Oncology in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery. Dr. Parikh is Professor of Surgery and Paige Johnson Distinguished Chair in Oncology and Chairman of the Mays Cancer Center Surgical Committee and Cancer Surgery Sub-Service Line.

For the past three years, Dr. Parikh has worked at East Carolina University Brody Medical School and ECU Health in Greenville, NC. He served as Barnhill Emeritus Professor of Surgical Oncology, Division Head of Surgical Oncology and Director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, as well as Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion.

His accomplishments at ECU Health include growing the clinical trials program and expanding and launching a surgical oncology sub-specialty, including establishing multidisciplinary programs in liver and pancreatic cancer and the development of a research program on health disparities.

His responsibilities at Mays Cancer Center are to expand surgical oncology services by adding more clinical staff, expanding expertise and increasing the number of patients served. It will also establish new clinical programs and protocols and expand the footprint of translational research and health services, including multidisciplinary clinical trials. Additionally, he will help strengthen the relationship and collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center and play an important role in the continued development and planning of the next multidisciplinary and research hospital at UT Health San Antonio. Ultimately, its goal is to provide the highest quality, up-to-date, and equitable surgical oncology care to residents of San Antonio and South Texas.

Dr. Parikh is a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of malignant diseases of the pancreas, liver and biliary systems. His research interests include disparities in cancer care and outcomes, particularly as they relate to health insurance and the social determinants of health, as well as research on the comparative effectiveness of multimodality regimens.

Dr. Parikh received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and later earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency training in general surgery at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, followed by a fellowship in surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He also earned a master’s degree in public health from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Connect with Dr. Parikh on Twitter @AlexParikhMD or LinkedIn

Christine E. Phillips