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Byron L. Barksdale, M.D.

Byron L. Barksdale, M.D. is a native of Georgia. He graduated with a Pharmacology from the University of Kentucky. He then pursued a combined M.D.-Ph.D. course of study at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. At that time, the University of Kentucky was a well known center of knowledge concerning the neuro-pharmacology of narcotics and controlled substances. Lexington is also the home of Thomas Hunt Morgan who was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1933 because of his work in genetics of fruit flies.

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The mutant fruit fly discovered by Thomas Hunt Morgan

While at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Barksdale worked in the laboratory of James W. Flesher, Ph.D. who induced tumors in mammals by hypermethylating recipient DNA and other cellular components with benzpyrene and 7,12-DMBA...known carcinogens found in tobacco when smoked. After completing all doctoral coursework requirements for a Ph.D. in Pharmacology, he decided to pursue private clinical medicine rather than an academic career in Clinical Pharmacology. He received his M.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine at the age of 23. He successfullly completed a rotating internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. For two years, he had a general practice and worked as an Emergency Room physician at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Barksdale chose pathology as his clinical medicine specialty. He completed a four year (anatomic and clinical) pathology residency in Texas and successfully passed the American Board of Pathology certification examinations. He voluntarily re-certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology in 1999.

Dr. Barksdale is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Public Health Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow and Lab Inspector of the College of American Pathologists, a member of the Lincoln County and Nebraska Medical Associations. He also has been actively involved in the CUBA AIDS PROJECT since 1995. He was a guest speaker on HIV/AIDS in Cuba at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Denver, Colorado in March 2003.

Dr. Barksdale volunteers, as the lead physician, in health fairs coordinated with NEBRASKA MELANOMA CENTER ® to screen for the early detection of malignant melanoma while also educating citizens about primary and secondary measures to decrease morbidity and mortality attributable to the increasing prevalence of malignant melanoma in the USA today.