Title: Pathologist, Department Head
Company: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Location: Bellaire, Texas, United States
Stanley Ralph Hamilton, MD, Pathologist and Department Head 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 the exposure to 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 Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Dr. Hamilton is most proud of working under Benjamin Baker’s pathology team in the 1980s, before the method of team science was introduced. 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 the firsthand experience from his influences in the gastroenterology field that helped cement his career path. He also enjoyed being invited by John Mendelson for the opportunity to be the head of molecular pathology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Before making his way to Texas, Dr. Hamilton started out as an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He worked his way up to professor before moving on to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1998. Once at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Hamilton took over the roles of professor, gastrointestinal and molecular pathologist and head of pathology and laboratory medicine, all of which are his current positions.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Hamilton has received the Fred W. Stewart Award from the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology and a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has been inducted as a member of various esteemed organizations including, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, the American Association for Cancer Research and the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, among others. 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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