About Thomas J George
Dr. George is a clinical investigator and educator with a focus on gastrointestinal malignancies and new cancer therapy development. As director of the GI Oncology Program at the University of Florida, Dr. George helps to oversee the treatment of all patients with GI malignancies. He also oversees the development and testing of new cancer treatments through clinical trials leveraging advancements in precision oncology and immunotherapy. He previously served as chair of the Medical Advisory Board to the State of Florida Department of Health and the Screen for Life Colorectal Cancer Screening Program, which targets historically underserved populations. He also recently completed a 10 year term as the gubernatorial-appointed chair of the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council, which advises the legislature, Department of Health, and state surgeon general on all cancer related matters and policy. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of the UF Health Cancer Center. Through participation with large oncology clinical trial cooperative groups and the National Cancer Institute, Dr. George is an active clinician and clinical investigator in GI malignancies and early phase clinical trials testing new therapies for patients with advanced cancers. He is a member of the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and numerous cancer research groups.
HematologyAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
OncologyAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
- Hematology and Oncology
- Cancer treatment information
- Colon cancer screening
- Colorectal cancer
- Colorectal cancer – resources
- Esophageal cancer
- Gastrointestinal cancer
- Liver metastases
- Pancreatic cancer
- Stomach cancer
Clinical research in gastrointestinal malignancies is a primary aspect of Dr. George’s academic interests. Specific areas of focus include active participation and development of clinical trials to promote novel drug application in patient care, quality of life/cancer care decision making, and identification of predictive markers for individualized therapy. He has been a 10 year Gubernatorial appointee to the Executive Committee and immediate past Chair of the Florida Cancer Control and Research and Advisory Council which advises the legislature on matters related to cancer care and research in the state. He is a dedicated mentor and teacher of fellows, residents, and students in the College of Medicine and junior faculty both at UF and other major institutions.
Experimental Therapeutics – Dr. George is involved as a Principle Investigator in numerous clinical trials aimed at determining the optimal treatment for patients with gastrointestinal malignancies and bringing new therapies to patients with advanced cancers. Collaboration includes numerous national clinical trial groups as well as the National Cancer Institute. Representative protocols include studies in colon, rectal, pancreatic, esophagogastric, hepatobiliary and other treatment refractory cancers. These novel therapies offer patients access to new treatments and hold the promise of becoming the next breakthrough in cancer patient care.
Personalized Oncology – As cancer care becomes more complex, focus on a tailored approach to individualized treatments which maximize benefit while minimizing risk is critical. Research involving the identification of specific markers or elements of a patient or their cancer which will predict, in advance, response to a given therapy is an area of active investigation. The incorporation of new molecular markers, gene expression profiling, and pharmacogenomics into clinical care will help to provide patients with truly personalized care.
Quality of Life and Decision Making – Patients and their loved ones facing the new diagnosis of a cancer face a variety of potentially overwhelming treatment options and decisions. Collaboration with behavioral scientists, communication experts, and others are helping to break down the complex process of decision making in an attempt to determine how best to deliver treatment options and maximize quality of life.
Mentoring the Next Generation of Oncologists – The next generation holds the keys to continuing the work currently ongoing in cancer biology, therapeutics, and patient care. Cancer therapies and knowledge are constantly changing and medicine requires a lifelong commitment to education. Development of novel educational tools, training modules, advanced curricula, mentorship and sponsorship aimed at providing oncologists with the skills needed to practice state of the art medicine while maintaining the humanism and sensitivity required for being entrusted with the honor of caring for patients with cancer is an area of ongoing professional and research interest.
- Clinical Trials Design & Analysis
- Cancer Genetics
- Cancer Immunotherapy
- Cancer Informatics
- Cancer Therapeutics
- Clinical Trial Interventions
- Interventional oncology