Stephen Tomasovic, Ph.D., Oral History Interview, August 01, 2011, Part 2


Stephen Tomasovic, Ph.D., Oral History Interview, August 01, 2011, Part 2


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Topics Covered:

  • Building multi-disciplinary research at MD Anderson
  • Creating multi-disciplinary education at MD Anderson
  • Evolution of Leadership and observations on leadership within MD Anderson structure
  • The Faculty Senate and the model of faculty leadership at MD Anderson

Interview Chapters

Chapter 09: The MD Anderson Presidents: Continuity of Leadership

Chapter 10: A Lesson About Leadership and an Institutional Blind Spot

Chapter 11: Institutional Reorganization and Becoming Vice President of Academic Affairs

Chapter 12: The Education Council, Sister Institutions, and Views On Leading Faculty

Chapter 13: The Faculty Senate and a Vision of Faculty Influence

Chapter 14: A Mark Left on Education and Faculty Achievement

Publication Date



The Historical Resources Center, The Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Houston, Texas

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History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Oncology | Oral History

About the Interview

About the Interview Subject:

Dr. Stephen Paul Tomasovic (b. 1947, Bend, Oregon) joined the Department of Tumor Biology at MD Anderson in 1980. He decided to switch his career focus from research to administration and had an impact on educational initiatives and faculty leadership at the institution. Dr. Tomasovic founded and served as the first Director of the Cancer Biology Program. He served Vice President roles for Educational Programs and Extramural Programs (now Global Academic Programs). He served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2006 until his retirement in 2011.

Interview Profile

In Session Two (1:50), Dr. Tomasovic continues his narrative of the administrative experiences that led him to his position of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. In the process, he observes that MD Anderson is unusual because of the long tenure of its key leaders and administrators. He characterizes the three presidents and gives examples of the challenges they faced. He goes on to give numerous examples of how he has built educational culture at MD Anderson: the formation of The Education Council (2001), strengthening faculty development initiatives, serving as Vice President of Extramural Programs (to become Global Academic Programs), and returning as well to flesh out role of the Faculty Senate and discuss term-tenure. He also explains how he came to found the Faculty Leadership Academy (1991), devoted to nurturing leadership qualities of faculty. This interview takes place a few weeks before Dr. Tomasovic’s retirement. The session closes with his hopes that MD Anderson preserves its educational mission, which distinguishes it from other care-delivery institutions. He also hopes that his efforts to foster leadership among the faculty will endure.

Stephen Tomasovic, Ph.D., Oral History Interview, August 01, 2011, Part 2