Healthcare Highlights: Tondre Buck, MD

“We treat the person, not the numbers”

Hematology Oncologist Tondre Buck, MD, joins Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute

Tondre Buck, MD, was inspired to study medicine by his older brother, who is also a physician.

Then, during his residency, Dr. Buck ran into his former little league baseball coach, who had myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells in bone marrow.

“At the time I hadn’t seen him in 15 years, so I thought it was a sign from God,” Dr. Buck said.

Dr. Buck’s coach influenced his decision to specialize in hematology oncology, which is the diagnosis and treatment of blood cancers. He now cares for cancer patients at Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute in Spartanburg.

“My philosophy is to treat the person and not the numbers,” Dr. Buck said. “Patients rarely come to see us with ‘textbook’ conditions. That is why treatment needs to be personalized to each individual’s specific needs.”

Dr. Buck received his medical degree at University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. He completed his residency and Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, and a Multiple Myeloma Fellowship at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. While at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Dr. Buck served as assistant professor in the Division of Hematology, and co-director of the Sickle Cell Day Clinic. He is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology.

“Knowing that you can help someone navigate a complicated and terrible thing like cancer is so rewarding,” he said. “And if you are able to help one person, it keeps you going.”

With any questions or concerns, contact Medical Group of the Carolinas—Hematology Oncology at 864-560-7050.