Susan C. Gilchrist, M.D.

Associate Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Gilchrist is an associate professor in the departments of cardiology and cancer prevention at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  She is a board-certified cardiologist who specializes in healthy lifestyles and fitness as it relates to cancer patients. She is the founder and director of the Healthy Heart Program which is a consultative practice providing ‘personalized’ exercise prescriptions and heart health for cancer patients and survivors.

Dr. Gilchrist has published over 80 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts. She has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences. She also is involved in projects both locally and nationally to improve fitness and healthy lifestyles for cancer patients and survivors. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr.Gilchrist has been recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is on the Editorial Board for Circulation and is the co-Chair of the American Heart Association statement on the implementation of exercise rehabilitation for cancer patients.

Dr. Gilchrist completed her clinical residency and internship in medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also completed her medical degree. She has a Master’s degree in epidemiology and clinical research from the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She also completed a clinical fellowship and a research fellowship in cardiology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Prior to her medical career, Dr. Gilchrist was an eight-time All-American at the University of Texas and NCAA champion in tennis, as well as a member of the governing body for women’s professional tennis, the Women’s Tennis Association.