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August 12, 2003

Dr. K. Thomas Robbins Dr. K. Thomas Robbins portrait has joined the faculty at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as professor and chair of the otolaryngology division, specializing in the treatment of head and neck cancer. He also is associate director for clinical services for the SIU Cancer Institute.

Prior to joining SIU, Robbins was chair of otolaryngology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Previously he was on the faculty at the University of Tennessee in Memphis (1993-2000), the University of California, San Diego (1987-92) and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas (1984-87).

Robbins served a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at the Institute of Laryngology and Otology in London, England (1982). Prior to that, he completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada (1981). Robbins received his medical degree from the Dalhousie University Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (1973) and his undergraduate education from Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada (1969).

Robbins is board certified in otolaryngology. His society memberships include the American Head and Neck Society, the Laryngologic Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research. He is past president of the American Head and Neck Society and serves on the editorial board of four medical journals.

Robbins has gained international recognition for his contributions to the field of head and neck oncology. He has authored over 150 scientific publications and edited several books. His research in using super-selective intra-arterial chemotherapy has improved treatment outcome for patients with advanced head and neck cancer.

A native of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada, Robbins and his wife, Dr. Gayle Woodson, are the parents of three children.

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