Faculty, UW–Madison
Director, UW Health | Carbone Cancer Center

Howard Bailey, MD

  • Medical Oncology
Howard H. Bailey, MD


Dr. Howard Bailey is the Director of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center and a professor of Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Bailey's clinical expertise is in sarcomas and gynecologic malignancies and his research focus is in anti-cancer agent development, especially agents to prevent cancer.

Dr. Bailey is the principal investigator of the UW Chemoprevention Consortium, an NCI-sponsored research network of universities that conduct Phase I and II clinical trials for chemopreventive agents. Dr. Bailey also leads the UW Carbone Cancer Center Chemoprevention Scientific Program and Chemoprevention Disease Orientated Team. In addition to his cancer care and research, Dr. Bailey has been a strong advocate for buildinga health care research network across the state and region, including multiple clinical research networks in Wisconsin. Dr. Bailey also held positions with or continues to lead various national cancer organizations, including a decade of reviewing other NCI-designated Cancer Centers in 2011 on behalf of the National Cancer Institute and being the current Chair of the Directors Committee of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium (a network of all the Big Ten university cancer centers).

Dr. Bailey is the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s expert on drug and nutrient development for the prevention or treatment of cancer and a national expert on chemoprevention. Cancer chemoprevention is the use of natural, synthetic (made in a laboratory) or biologic (from a living source) substances to reverse, suppress or prevent the development of cancer. He is internationally recognized as an expert in chemoprevention and sarcoma and has lectured both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Bailey has directed or participated in more than 100 cancer clinical trials examining agents for prevention or treatment of cancer.

Patients are understandably overwhelmed when they are diagnosed with cancer. We want them to know no matter what happens, we are going to be there with them. It truly is a partnership. Together we can come up with a plan that is best for them and their family.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
Medical School
  • University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND
  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI
  • Southwestern Michigan Area Health Education Center, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Southwestern Michigan Area Health Education Center, Kalamazoo, MI

Areas of expertise