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S. Gail Eckhardt, MD, FASCO


University of Texas Medical Branch, M.D.


Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Virginia Medical Center

Fellowship, Medical Oncology, University of California, San Diego

Care Information

Clinical Biography

S. Gail Eckhardt, a visionary cancer leader, educator and research innovator, is an oncologist at UT Health Austin’s LiveSTRONG Cancer Institutes and the director of the Livestrong Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School. She is overseeing the creation of a transdisciplinary cancer research program at UT Austin.

Dr. Eckhardt joins UT Health Austin from the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Campus, where she led the Division of Medical Oncology for eight years, holds the Stapp/Harlow Endowed Chair for Cancer Research, is associate director of translational research, and directs the Phase I Program at the NCI-designated University of Colorado Cancer Center.

She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and, before moving to Colorado, served as associate director of clinical research at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, Institute for Drug Development, in San Antonio.

Dr. Eckhardt conducted her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Medical School. She completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in experimental and molecular medicine at Scripps Research Institute and a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Eckhardt has served in many national leadership roles, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Molecular Oncology Task Force, the ASCO Board of Directors, the FDA Oncology Drugs Advisory Committee and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Centers Study Section. She is a member of the NCI Investigational Drug Steering Committee, the NCI Colorectal Cancer Task Force and serves on seven external advisory boards of NCI designated cancer centers.

A research innovator, Dr. Eckhardt is the principal investigator on studies involving early clinical trials and colorectal cancer research. She has conducted numerous phase I and II clinical trials and has published over 177 manuscripts.


  • Cancer
  • Cancer research

Board Certification

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Awards & Honors

  • Dr. Cheng Yu Tung Award for Drug Development (2015)
  • Merrill J. Egorin Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award, AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research (2014-2015)
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