Robert Buchanan, M.D.
Mark T. Malone, M.D., is a Board Certified pain specialist and a native Texan. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and went on to attend the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Malone attended Baylor College of Medicine for residency and training in anesthesiology, and then completed a pain management fellowship at Texas Orthopedic Hospital in 1998. Prior to founding Advanced Pain Care in 2002, Dr. Malone was a member of an Austin-based group practice for twelve years, and a clinical instructor at Baylor College of Medicine for six years. He is double board-certified in anesthesiology and pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology, with a sub-specialty in pain management; this is the only board certification for pain management endorsed by the American Board of Medical Specialties. In 2017 Dr. Malone was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care at UT Dell Medical School. <br> Dr. Malone is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the International Spinal Intervention Society, the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, and the Travis County Medical Society. He has successfully treated thousands of patients suffering from acute and chronic pain. He and his wife, Tracy, live in Austin with their three children. In his spare time, he enjoys water-skiing, cycling, and travel.
Dr. Robert Buchanan is the only physician in the USA who is board certified in both Neurological Surgery and in Psychiatry. He was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and attended medical school at St. Louis University School of Medicine where he had an academic scholarship. He completed his M.D. degree with honors and a Distinction in Research. He went on to his Psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). There he was awarded the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Psychiatric resident of the year citing his research on neurogenesis in the mammalian brain which was conducted at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences. He then went on to complete the NIH fellowship in Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology where he ran an impatient clinical research unit. While at UCSD and Salk he also spent time under the tutelage of Francis Crick, the Nobel Prize winner and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. He became increasingly interested in the basic mechanisms of the central nervous system. He designed several invasive studies to explore brain function in both health and disease. This prompted him to enter the Neurosurgery Residency at UCSD. He became interested in the field of Functional Neurosurgery which treats epilepsy, movement disorders, psychiatric disease, and pain. He went on to Yale University School of Medicine to complete the Epilepsy Surgery/Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship.
He has obtained research grants from Federal, Industry, and Academic Organizations. He has published scientific papers in some of the most prestigious journals in the world including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, The Journal of Neurophysiology, Hippocampus, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, among many others. His scientific work explores how individual and groups of nerve cells (neurons) effect behavior. He uses both electrophysiology and microdialysis to study this in humans and other animals.
In his role as both a clinician and researcher he has mentored many medical students, residents, fellows, and graduate students. Currently he is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Psychiatry at Dell Medical School. He also is appointed in the Department of Psychology, the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin.
Dr. Buchanan is a bioethicist, specifically in neuroscience, where he assesses and writes about the moral and ethical use of technologies in the human central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). His unique perspective as a psychiatrist, neurosurgeon, and neuroscientist allows him the ability to analyze how emerging technology, whether it be devices or drugs, will potentially change what it means “to be human.” Pope Benedict XVI made him a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Life and Pope Francis has reappointed him as a member. The Pontifical Academy for Life is the Vatican’s bioethics body. Dr. Buchanan is the Chairman of the Committee on Consciousness, Ethics, and Neuroscience within the Pontifical Academy. He approaches the field of bioethics with the Human Person at the center, employing the philosophical system of “Personalism” to make analyses. The question he addresses is how modern technologies will change what it means to be a Human Person. There is a fear that we may be entering a “post-human” period of history if our free will, memory, and emotions will be modified and out of our control.
He serves on the Board of Directors of various entities including Austin’s own Zach Theater.
In his spare time, he plays tennis and reads. He was a nationally ranked junior and collegiate tennis player.