Onco-cardiology Focus Allows for Personalized Patient Care

When it comes to your health, you deserve a team dedicated to all aspects of your health, not just one.

Edward T.H. Yeh, MD, the "father of onco-cardiology" currently serves as chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

May 9, 2017

When it comes to your health, you deserve a team dedicated to all aspects of your health, not just one. The leadership of Edward T.H. Yeh, MD, at the University of Missouri School of Medicine aims to serve that purpose.

For several decades, Yeh has focused on understanding the relationship between heart disease and cancer. His research helps medical professionals, such as the ones at MU Health Care, treat cancer patients while minimizing the risk of damage to their hearts, a side effect of certain chemotherapy drugs. This type of onco-cardiology represents a new level of personalized care for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

“He has made landmark contributions to the fields of science and medicine and is an excellent addition to our leadership team,” said Patrick Delafontaine, MD, Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean of the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Yeh began his journey into medical history at University of California, Berkeley, obtaining his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, followed by a medical degree from the University of California, Davis. After medical residency, Yeh spent time studying immunology at Harvard Medical School and was later appointed assistant professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1992, he joined the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

In 2000, Yeh became the founding chair of the Department of Cardiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the world’s most respected centers — devoted exclusively to cancer care, research, education and prevention. Yeh continues to be affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Center through Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’s role in the MD Anderson Cancer Network.

“It truly is an honor to lead MU’s medicine department,” Yeh said. “I welcome the opportunity to help advance Mizzou’s stature as a leading academic medical center and research-intensive university.”

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