Alexander Starr, MD, joins ThedaCare Cancer Care Team
When he was nine years old, Alexander Starr’s family came to the United States from the former Soviet Union and became naturalized citizens in 1987. “My father is an internist, and since I was a young boy, I wanted to be a doctor, too,” said Dr. Starr, the newest oncologist and hematologist to join ThedaCare Cancer Care in Appleton. Dr. Starr is bilingual in English and Russian. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in economics and went to medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He then completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. He also did a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Rush Cancer Institute, after which he entered private practice in Chicago. Dr. Starr is an assistant professor of medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago, and he enjoys teaching residents and medical students about cancer therapies. Trips to Austria, the Philippines, Mexico, Turkey, and Thailand over the past 18 years gave Dr. Starr the opportunity to present to other world cancer specialists on a topic of special interest to him; namely, the over-expression of a gene that causes up to 25 percent of breast cancers.