Tawnya L. Bowles, MD

Research Interests

  • Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology
  • Melanoma Risk Factors
  • Melanoma, Amelanotic
  • Lentigo Maligna Melanoma
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy for Melanoma and Breast Cancer
  • Assessment of Quality of Cancer Care
  • Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Surgery - Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: General Surgery

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery (Sub: General Surgery)

Academic Office Information

  • Huntsman Cancer Hospital
    1950 Circle of Hope
    Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Academic Bio

I am a cancer surgeon with a clinical focus in melanoma and other skin cancers, sarcomas of the abdomen and soft tissue, and endocrine cancers (such as thyroid cancer, adrenal tumors, and parathyroid problems). I completed by training in surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. My passion is taking care of cancer patients. I strongly believe in tailoring cancer treatment to the individual patient, as each patient is unique. I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction in using my technical skills to remove a cancer and then helping patients through the recovery process. I have conducted research on melanoma, pancreatic cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma, and colorectal cancer. I am actively involved in educating medical students and resident physicians. I enjoy teaching both young doctors and my patients about cancer. I am also interested in cancer prevention and am actively involved in a national melanoma prevention working group. Locally, I am involved in a terrific melanoma support group developed by melanoma patients called Sol Survivors. Outside of the hospital I like being outdoors with my family, horses, and pets. When I get a quiet moment, I am always looking for a good book to read.

Education History

Type School Degree
Other Training Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Heath Care
Fellowship M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Surgical Oncology
Residency University of California, Davis Medical Center, Department of Surgery
General Surgery
Internship University of California, Davis Medical Center, Department of Surgery
Professional Medical Dartmouth Medical School
Undergraduate Utah State University
Biology, cum laude with University and Department Honors