Thomas H. Tarter, MD, PhD
Dr. Thomas Tarter, urologic oncologist, joined Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois in January 2012 and oversees Urologic Oncology services at the Cancer Care Center of Decatur. He primarily sees patients within the CCSI Urologic Oncology department and provides surgical services at Decatur Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. Dr. Tarter is a national leader in the treatment of urologic cancer and he is also recognized by his peers as an expert in urologic cancer surgery, including robotic surgery.
Dr. Tarter received a Ph.D. in Anatomy from Oregon Health Sciences University College of Medicine in 1983 and completed a fellowship in Reproductive Immunology at the Population Council Center for Biomedical Research at the prestigious Rockefeller University in 1986. Dr. Tarter received his M.D. degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York, in 1990. He also completed an internship and residency in General Surgery (1992) and a residency in Urology (1996) at Los Angeles County Hospital University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Before joining CCSI, Dr. Tarter served as an Associate Professor for the SIU School of Medicine, where he also served as Director of Urologic Oncology. He has received numerous awards including election to Alpha Omega Alpha, eta chapter, and Teacher of the Year in 2005 and 2006. He holds membership with the American Urological Association and American College of Surgeons Oncology Group. In 2007, he was elected to the Society of Urologic Oncology in recognition of outstanding contributions and acknowledged concentration of study in the field of urologic cancer.
Dr. Tarter has authored more than forty articles and abstracts and is renowned for giving numerous presentations on various aspects of Urologic Oncology throughout the country. He also serves as an active National Cancer Institute (NCI) investigator.
Residency and Fellowship
Resident, Department of Urology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1996
Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1992
Fellow, The Population Council, Center for Biomedical Research, Rockefeller University, NY, NY, 1986
M.D., Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, 1990
Ph.D., Anatomy, Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine, Portland, OR, 1983
B.A., Biology, Linfield College, McMinnville, OR, 1977
Diplomate, American Board of Urology
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
Physicians and Surgeon License, State of Illinois
Society of Urologic Oncology
American Urological Association
American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute
Awards and Honors
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Eta Chapter of Illinois, 2010
Teacher of the Year for Residents, SIU School of Medicine, 2006
Teacher of the Year for Medical Students, SIU School of Medicine, 2005
New Investigator Award, American Society of Andrology, 1983
National Research Service Award, Public Health Service, 1983
ASCO Clinical Trials Participation Award, 2015