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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Timothy Holder, MD, FAAFP

Medical Director of Supportive Care and Survivorship

CTCA Tulsa

"My goal for my patients is to help them manage the symptoms of cancer or its treatment in order to enhance the quality of their lives."

- Timothy Holder, MD, FAAFP

Medical degree

  • MD - University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Internship / Residency

  • Family Practice Residency - Memorial Medical Center, Corpus Christi, Texas

Additional degree(s)

  • BA – University of Dallas, Irving, Texas


  • Board Certified Family Practice; Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Practicing since: 1990

“I really enjoy seeing the idea of patient-centered care lived out on a daily basis.  It is a pleasure to work with a committed and compassionate team who puts the needs of our patients first each and every day,” says Dr. Timothy Holder, Medical Director of Supportive Care and Survivorship at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Family Medicine, Dr. Holder has over 20 years of experience in hospice and palliative medicine/symptom control and management.

Dr. Holder earned a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. He then completed a residency in family practice at Memorial Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he earned the Physician Excellence Award and was named Resident of the Year for two years. Dr. Holder holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dallas, where he graduated cum laude. In June 2016, he was accepted into the two-year Masters of Science in Palliative Care/Interprofessional Palliative Care program at the University of Colorado Graduate School. In January 2017, he was named chair of the Accreditation Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), as a representative of the Oklahoma State Medical Association.

Prior to joining CTCA®, Dr. Holder served as Medical Director of a not-for-profit hospice and as a physician in a private family practice, both in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was also a physician for a hospital as well as a multi-specialty clinic in Mexia, Texas.

He has served on the Attorney General’s Task Force to Improve End-of-Life Care in Oklahoma. Previously, he was a member of the Professional Advisory Board for Special Reports Television in Knoxville, Tennessee, which was a patient education television program showing in the reception area of doctors’ offices nationwide.

Dr. Holder joined CTCA in April 2013. “Having lost both of my parents to cancer, I wanted to do more with my training in palliative medicine.  At CTCA, I can help provide patients with comprehensive symptom management and a better quality of life.”

He adds: “By being part of the CTCA team, I am able to bring my advanced training in palliative medicine into our integrated treatment model that addresses the whole person.”

Dr. Holder says once patients are finished with treatment, our Survivorship Program helps provide comprehensive surveillance to monitor for recurrence of cancer or for new cancer occurrences.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

When he is not treating patients, Dr. Holder enjoys reading and collecting rare books, stamp/coin collecting, backpacking/camping, bird watching, photography and bicycling. His wife, Kaia, is a cellist and private strings instructor who plays in the Ft. Smith (Arkansas) Symphony. They have three daughters, Zuri, Malindi, and Kiri, whose names reflect their time doing mission work in Africa (Tanzania and Kenya).

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