Biography

Dr. George R. Buchanan is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern) in Dallas, Texas.  He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1970, followed by pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and hematology-oncology fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Buchanan has been at UT Southwestern since 1977 actively involved in the diagnosis and management of children and adolescents with blood diseases. He had been a national leader in investigator-initiated and multicenter collaborative research in many areas of hematology, including sickle cell disease, other anemias, bleeding disorders, and childhood cancer. He has had keen interest in training and mentoring young physician researchers and developing new treatment approaches for children affected with blood disorders and cancer. 

Dr. Buchanan has served as President of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (ASPHO) and twice on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).  His national honors include the Distinguished Career Award from ASPHO, the Mentoring Award in Clinical Research from ASH, and the Arnold Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine from the American Association of Medical Colleges.

He is currently the recipient of the Children’s Cancer Fund Distinguished Chair and Director of the Barrett Family Center of Pediatric Oncology at UT Southwestern.

Education

Undergraduate
Drake University (1966)
Medical School
University of Chicago (1970)

Research Interest

  • Development of improved means of diagnosing and treating patients with hereditary blood coagulation disorders
  • Epidemiology and pathophysiology and treatment of childhood anemias, including iron deficiency and hereditary spherocytosis
  • Management of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) during childhood, emphasizing outcome measures other than platelet count (e.g., bleeding signs and symptoms, cost of therapy, and quality of life)
  • Prevention and treatment of complications of sickle cell disease
  • Vascular and infectious complications following splenectomy

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Effect of Low-Dose Ferrous Sulfate vs Iron Polysaccharide Complex on Hemoglobin Concentration in Young Children With Nutritional Iron-Deficiency Anemia: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Powers JM, Buchanan GR, Adix L, Zhang S, Gao A, McCavit TL JAMA 2017 06 317 22 2297-2304
Potential for Improved Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment for Iron Deficiency and Iron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children.
Powers JM, Buchanan GR J. Pediatr. 2017 May
Patterns and influences in health-related quality of life in children with immune thrombocytopenia: A study from the Dallas ITP Cohort.
Flores A, Klaassen RJ, Buchanan GR, Neunert CE Pediatr Blood Cancer 2017 Jan
Navigating your career path in pediatric hematology/oncology: On and off the beaten track.
Zweidler-McKay PA, Hogan MJ, Jubran R, Black V, Casillas J, Harper J, Malempati S, Margolin J, Felgenhauer J, Sakamoto KM, Franklin J, Shah M, Seibel N, Buchanan G, Vaiselbuh SR, Hastings C, Hilden J, Stork LC Pediatr Blood Cancer 2016 Oct 63 10 1723-30
Iron Deficiency Anemia in Adolescents Presenting with Heavy Menstrual Bleeding.
Cooke AG, McCavit TL, Buchanan GR, Powers JM J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol 2016 Oct
Intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose in Children with Iron Deficiency Anemia Who Respond Poorly to Oral Iron.
Powers JM, Shamoun M, McCavit TL, Adix L, Buchanan GR J. Pediatr. 2016 Oct
Deficiencies in the Management of Iron Deficiency Anemia During Childhood.
Powers JM, Daniel CL, McCavit TL, Buchanan GR Pediatr Blood Cancer 2016 Jan
Occult hemorrhage in children with severe immune thrombocytopenia.
Flores A, Buchanan GR Am. J. Hematol. 2015 Dec
Sports participation in children and adolescents with immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).
Kumar M, Lambert MP, Breakey V, Buchanan GR, Neier M, Neufeld EJ, Kempert P, Neunert CE, Nottage K, Klaassen RJ Pediatr Blood Cancer 2015 Jul

Honors & Awards

  • American Society of Pediatrics Hematology-Oncology
    designation of the annual "George R. Buchanan Lectureship" (2015)
  • Distinguished Clinical Science Educator Award
    (2013)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Special Recognition Award for Teaching
    (2012)
  • American Association of Medical Colleges Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism Award
    (2010)
  • American Society of Hematology Mentor Award for Clinical Research
    (2008)
  • Texas Super Doctor
    Texas Monthly Magazine (2008-2016)
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Distinguished Career Award
    (2007)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    (1970)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    (1965)
  • America’s Top Doctors Award
    listed in publication in 2006, 2009, 2010 (0)
  • Best Doctors in America
    listed in the publication/ database in 1991, 1993, 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2013 (0)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Pediatric Society
  • American Society of Hematology, Executive Committee, 2001-2005 and 2006-2008
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, President 1999-2002
  • Hemophilia Thrombosis Research Society
  • Society for Pediatric Research