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Alex B. Haynes, MD, MPH, FACS


Wayne State University, MD

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, MPH


Residency, Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Fellowship, Complex General Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Fellowship, Health and Policy Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Clinical Biography

Alex B. Haynes, MD, MPH, FACS, is a board-certified surgical oncologist and the Medical Director for UT Health Austin’s Surgical Oncology clinic. He specializes in caring for patients with soft tissue sarcoma, melanoma, and other cancers of the skin and connective tissue. Additionally, Dr. Haynes serves as an associate professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care as well as the Associate Chair for Investigation and Discovery for the Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care.

Dr. Haynes earned his medical degree from Wayne State University and completed a residency in general surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. He completed a fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as well as a research fellowship in health and policy management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to relocating to Austin, he served on the faculty of both the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Haynes is an internationally known researcher. His work focuses on improving the quality and safety of surgical care for patients with cancer and other conditions. He is frequently asked to speak about topics that include multidisciplinary management of sarcoma and melanoma, communication and teamwork in the operating room, and tools for improving surgical safety. He also served on the leadership team that developed and tested the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist. His research has been published in many leading journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, The Lancet, and more.


  • Melanoma, sarcoma, and other tumors of skin and connective tissue

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Complex General Surgical Oncology

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium Merit Award
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium Merit Award
  • Honorary Member of the Brazilian College of Surgeons
  • Paper of the Year, New England Surgical Society
  • Zane Cohen Visiting Professor Award, University of Toronto
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