Thomas Buchholz, a physician, researcher and scholar, has been named medical director of the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Scheduled to start in April, he’ll be responsible for directing and building the new cancer care program, expected to open for patient care in summer 2018. His role includes leading the development of clinical research activities, such as collaboration with clinical trials and other industry-sponsored and investigator-initiated trials.

In 2016, Scripps Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announced a partnership to create the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center to boost access to advanced oncology.

Buchholz comes to San Diego after spending 20 years in Houston at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he practices radiation oncology, is a professor and holds the Hubert L. Olive Stringer Distinguished Chair in Oncology. His background encompasses clinical, research, academic and administrative leadership positions with MD Anderson, including division head and department chair of radiation oncology.