Meet Our Providers

Gary MacVicar, M.D.

Staff Education:
I attended the University of Chicago, both for my undergraduate and medical school education. Subsequently I completed a residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology, both at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Work History:
I was an assistant professor at Northwestern University from 2005 to 2013 where I was involved in the clinical investigation of genitourinary malignancies. I have been involved in clinical trial cooperative groups, including ECOG and the Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium, and I have served on the NCCN Prostate Cancer Guidelines Panel and the NCI Prostate Cancer Task Force.
Hobbies / Interests:
Running, biking, backpacking, river rafting, reading
Why did you choose your field?
Oncology is both challenging and rewarding. Advances in our understanding of cancer and development of new drugs are occurring more rapidly, requiring oncologists to continually educate themselves. Additionally, the expansion of treatment options is exciting for patients and physicians alike, and I enjoy caring for patients, many with complex diagnoses, during a very stressful time.
Why did you choose Illinois to practice when you could have gone anywhere in the country?
I grew up outside of Chicago, and I completed my training in Illinois and Michigan. The Midwest is home to me. Further, I was impressed with the commitment Illinois CancerCare has to both providing high quality cancer care as well as innovative clinical trials to its patients.
Do you have any advice to give patients after they have been diagnosed with cancer?
Although easier said than done, take one day at a time. A cancer diagnosis and ensuing tests and treatments are understandably overwhelming. I advise patients to break the process down into manageable steps and goals, rather than overloading on whole big picture. I also encourage patients to educate themselves in regard to care options, and to make sure they are comfortable with their decisions. Maintaining normal daily activities and developing a support network of friends and family are also invaluable.