Dr. Tom Tarter is a nationally-recognized surgeon who has focused his career on serving the people of Illinois as a renowned urologist and cancer surgeon, medical researcher and professor, and now as a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.
Dr. Tarter is a national leader in the treatment of urologic cancer and is recognized by the healthcare industry as an expert in urologic cancer surgery. For the last 23 years, he has provided care and treatment to patients in Illinois hospitals and cancer centers. He most recently was a partner at Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois from 2012–2020.
To prepare the next generation of Illinois medical professionals, Dr. Tarter served as an Associate Professor for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine for 10 years, where he also served as the Director of Urologic Oncology. During his time as an Associate Professor, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, an honor only 2% of American doctors hold. He was named Teacher of the Year for Medical Students in 2005 and Teacher of the Year for Residents in 2006.
An expert in medical policy, Dr. Tarter served on the Board of Governors at the Carle Clinic Association, on the Board of Directors of Health Alliance Medical Plans, and on the Health Policy Council of the North Central Section of the American Urological Association where he gained expertise in federal healthcare policy. Dr. Tarter’s experience makes him uniquely qualified to address the health care crisis, pushing for commonsense policies that make health care and insurance more affordable.
As a nationally recognized urologist and cancer surgeon, he has published numerous articles in high-impact medical journals. He is a certified diplomate of the American Board of Urology, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and holds his Physicians and Surgeon License in the State of Illinois. He is a member of the American Urological Association, American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, National Cancer Institute, and was elected in 2007 to the Society of Urologic Oncology in recognition of his contributions to the field of urologic cancer.
Dr. Tarter earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, his Ph.D. in Anatomy from Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and his M.D. from Albany Medical College, in Albany, New York. He then completed his residency program in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Urology at the University of Southern California. There he witnessed firsthand the devastation caused by illegal immigration. While completing his medical training at the County Hospital of Los Angeles, which is located in a crime-ridden area heavily populated by illegal immigrants, he operated on many illegal immigrant gang members who had been shot or stabbed among the chaos and poverty plaguing the community.
Dr. Tarter and his wife, Julie, have been long-time supporters of the Sangamon County Republican Party and Republican candidates for local and statewide office. He and his wife have 3 adopted sons, twins Andrei and Nikolai (22), and Sergei (20). Julie and Sergei are Sangamon County Republican Precinct Committeemen. For 23 years, the Tarters have been residents of Central Illinois.
After a career of serving others in the healthcare industry, Dr. Tarter retired 3 years early to run for U.S. Senate to defeat Dick Durbin and serve all Illinois residents in the United States Senate.