Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine
Faculty Senator
Baylor College of Medicine
Associate Professor of Surgery
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Division of Surgical Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States


Clinical Fellowship at University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Pancreatic Surgery Fellowship
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University Of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Surgical Oncology, NIH T32 Research Fellowship
Residency at University Of Texas Health Science Center
General Surgery Residency
MD from University Of Texas Health Science Center
BA from University Of Texas At Austin
Graduate Certificate at Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business
Healthcare Management


Board Certified
American Board of Surgery
Certificate in Complex Surgical Oncology
Society of Surgical Oncology
Medical License
Texas Medical Board

Honors & Awards

Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching & Evaluation
Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care
Barry Stephen Smith Memorial Pancreatic Cancer Research Award

Professional Statement

Dr. Van Buren is an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a board-certified surgeon specializing in surgical oncology and pancreatic disorders.

Dr. Van Buren earned his undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin and his medical degree at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his general surgery residency at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. During that time period, he spent two years at MD Anderson Cancer Center as an NIH T32 research fellow studying pancreatic cancer, colorectal cancer, and neuroendocrine tumors. He completed his surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the Translational Pancreas Research Track.

Dr. Van Buren is active in both patient care and research. He has been involved in both basic science and clinical research and believes heavily in the surgeon’s role as a leader of the translational research team. His goals are to provide high quality clinical care while offering his patients access to innovative clinical and therapeutic trials.

Selected Publications


Texas Medical Association
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Association
American Society for Clinical Oncology
Association for Academic Surgery
Harris County Medical Society
Society for Surgical Oncology
American Association of Cancer Research