Matthew Callister, MD, recently was named the new medical director for Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Callister has been serving in an interim role as medical director since July 2014.As medical director, Dr. Callister is responsible for clinical oversight at Banner MD Anderson, and serves as a pivotal link between the cancer center and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  He joined Banner MD Anderson in 2011 as the division chief for radiation oncology. In this role, he and his colleagues substantially grew the radiation oncology division, and continue to expand these services to other Banner Health campuses.

“Dr. Callister’s collaborative approach to leadership, coupled with his broad knowledge of cancer center operations and clinical expertise, make him ideally suited for this position,” said Todd Werner, chief executive officer of Banner MD Anderson.“He has demonstrated a strong understanding of programmatic development and business expansion, which will serve him well as he leads Banner MD Anderson into its next phase of growth.”

Dr. Callister graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. He then completed an internship at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Scottsdale and residency at the MD Anderson in Houston.
Board certified in radiation oncology, he also specializes in gastrointestinal cancer, head and neck cancer, sarcoma and skin cancer.
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