Title: Pathologist, Head of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Company: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location: Bellaire, Texas, United States
Stanley Ralph Hamilton, MD, Pathologist and Head of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pathology.
Dr. Hamilton decided to go into his profession initially because of his exposure to a family physician, Dr. George McDowell, who had a great personality and loved helping people. Dr. McDowell was his role model for the early decades of his life. Later he gravitated to pathology, due to exposure to the specialty through a pathologist in his neighborhood, Walter Griest, who gave a summer job to medical students to shadow pathologists and work around the lab. Dr. Hamilton always had a passion for medicine, going back to when he was a young boy. He has always wanted to be a doctor. Dr. Hamilton matriculated at Indiana University, where he earned an AB in zoology and an MD in 1970 and 1973, respectively. From there, he was an intern and then a resident at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
Dr. Hamilton is most proud of working in Benjamin Baker’s multidisciplinary research team in the 1980s, before the concept of team science was formalized. This was a major turning point in science, putting people with different skill sets together to figure out a common problem at such a large scale. Being able to receive firsthand experiences from his background in gastrointestinal and molecular pathology, and working with multidisciplinary colleagues, cemented his career path. He was recruited by John Mendelsohn to be the head of pathology and laboratory medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Before moving to Texas, Dr. Hamilton began as an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins, and was promoted to associate professor, then professor. At MD Anderson, he was appointed to his current positions as professor and head of pathology and laboratory medicine. He holds the Frederick F. Becker Distinguished University Chair in Cancer Research from The University of Texas.
As indicators of his achievements, he delivered The Maude Abbott Lecture for the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, received The Fred W. Stewart Award from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and The Paul Brindley Distinguished Professorship from The University of Texas Medical Branch. He was a member of the team that received the American Association for Cancer Research Team Science Award in 2017, delivered the Jeremy Jass Lecture for the International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collaborative Group of the Americans on Inherited Colorectal Cancer. He was also inducted as a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and into The Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. Furthermore, Dr. Hamilton has been included in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.
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