Eugene Butcher, M.D.

eugene-butcherEugene C. Butcher, M.D.

Eugene C. Butcher, M.D. has been staff physician at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System since 1981, and he holds the Klaus Bensch Endowed Chair in Pathology at Stanford.  He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.D. from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. His research at the Palo Alto VA focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of leukocyte trafficking in immunity and inflammation, and on vascular biology in inflammation.  He is a member of the Association of American Physicians, and has been awarded the Warner Lambert/Parke Davis Award by the American Association of Pathologists, the AAI-Huang Foundation Meritorious Career Award by the American Association of Immunologists, the Middleton Award (highest award for research by the Department of Veterans Affairs), and an Outstanding Inventor Award from Stanford University. He received the Crafoord Prize from the Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2004 for the discovery of mechanisms of leukocyte trafficking, contributing to the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Butcher has also pioneered quantitative cell systems biology for chemical genomics and drug discovery, spearheading a new approach to human disease biology as a discovery science.  He has contributed to the clinical translation of basic research as a founder and advisor to biotechnology companies.  His work led to development of Vedolizumab for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases, and his research program continues to explore new insights and approaches to diseases from cancer to multiple sclerosis.