Thomas Butler Biographical File

 Collection — Folder: 01
Identifier: EBL-0310

  • Staff Only


Biographical file includes two national magazine articles.


  • 2003 - 2003

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Historical or Biographical Note

Thomas Butler, M.D., earned his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University and a medical degree from Vanderbilt University. He returned to Johns Hopkins for his internship and residency before entering the United States Navy, spending a year each in Vietnam and Taiwan.

A well-known researcher of bubonic plague, Butler has served chief of the Infectious Diseases Division of the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University's Health Sciences Center.

The microbiologist was found guilty of 47 of 69 federal charges stemming from missing plague bacteria vials at his laboratory at Texas Tech. Forty-four (44) of the convictions involved charges that the physician defrauded the university by diverting clinical trial payments to his personal use.


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Description is inEnglish.

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