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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. in pharmacology curriculum at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. During Dr. Barksdale's academic years in Lexington, the University of Kentucky was a well known center of knowledge concerning the neuro-pharmacology of narcotics and addiction with controlled substances in conjuction with the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Lexington. Notable researchers at University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Addiction Research Center were Abraham Wikler, M.D., Harris Isbell, M.D. and William R. Martin, M.D. Lexington is also the home of Thomas Hunt Morgan who was the winner of the Noble Prize in Medicine in 1933 because of his work in genetics of fruit flies. Pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine are increasingly important areas of medicine in the New Millenium.

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The mutant fruit fly discovered by Thomas Hunt Morgan

While at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Barksdale worked in the pharmacology department of the College of Medicine. 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 successfully completed a rotating Anesthesiology internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas while M.T. "Pepper" Jenkins, M.D. was Chairman of the Anesthesiology Department.. For two years, while his wife was completing medical school, Dr. Barksdale worked in a general practice and also 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 has voluntarily re-certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology. His current interests are Human Systems Therapeutics® and Human Systems Pharmacology ®.

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 Biomolecular Screening, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Heart Association, the New York Academy of Sciences, 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 1998. 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 as the Winter Lecture Series in Lincoln, Nebraska February, 2009.

Dr. Barksdale volunteers, as the lead physician, in health fairs 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.