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Robert Satcher
Robert Satcher

Robert Satcher earned bachelor’s and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School. He is an associate professor of orthopaedic oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston (MDACC), where he specializes in the treatment of skeletal metastatic disease and soft tissue sarcoma and in development of tools and approaches to improve surgical outcomes. His translational research is focused on tumor-bone cell interactions during bone metastasis progression. In addition, he is working with MDACC and other partners to develop a cancer center in sub-Saharan Africa; co-founded the eHealth Research Institute to improve access to specialized health care; and has performed medical missions in underserved countries in Africa and Central America, as a member of Doctors United in Medical Missions. A former NASA astronaut, in 2009 Satcher participated in an 11-day mission to the International Space Station, during which he took two spacewalks and was the crew’s medical doctor. Previously, he served on the faculty of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and held an adjunct appointment in Northeastern University’s biomedical engineering department. Earlier in his career, he was a Schweitzer Fellow at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Gabon, and completed fellowships at University of California, Berkeley and University of Florida. Satcher will serve as a member of the board’s Leadership Advisory Committee.