New Chief of Oncology Services Began Career Drawing Blood
Dr. Chris Windham soon discovered medicine was his passion
Few positions in medicine carry as much pressure and prestige as being a surgical oncologist, but T. Christopher “Chris” Windham, MD, the new chief of oncology services at Cone Health, didn’t start with that goal in mind. Windham’s first job in medicine was drawing blood.
Dr. Chris Windham
“I took a psychology class in college where we saw neurosurgical cases and I became interested in medicine as a career,” says Windham. “To gauge my interest, I worked as a phlebotomist. One day, I had the opportunity to go to the operating room with a trauma patient and knew immediately that I wanted to become a surgeon.”
However, it was compassion that drew him to treating cancer patients. “It provides a chance to get to know your patient and guide them through the noblest battle of their lives,” adds Windham. And it is that compassion that drew him to Cone Health. “I knew Cone Health Cancer Center was the right fit for me after getting to know the staff, physicians and leadership. What really stood out was a commitment to outstanding, compassionate care of patients suffering from cancer.”
Leading oncology services at Cone Health, Windham will be involved in building clinical and research programs, recruiting additional medical oncologists, building relationships with doctors outside of Cone Health and bringing the latest research findings to bear in the treatment of cancer patients.
Windham comes to Cone Health from Florida Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center at Memorial Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Florida where he was medical director of the comprehensive cancer center and an associate clinical professor of surgery with Florida State University College of Medicine.
Windham earned his undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He went on to earn his medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School, also in Norfolk. Windham completed his surgical residency at The University of Texas-Houston and an oncology fellowship at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Windham completed a second fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, in surgical oncology. He is enrolled in Harvard University in Boston, completing his master’s degree in health care management.
Windham is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons and The Society of Surgical Oncologists.
While he enjoyed providing direct care to patients, assuming a leadership role will allow him to make a bigger impact. “As a surgeon, I can directly help only a few thousand patients in my career. However, by helping ensure compassionate, high-quality care at Cone Health, I can help tens of thousands of patients beat cancer.”