Dr. Anderson is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, completed residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Hospital and the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, followed by training in gastroenterology also at Cornell. He was a member of the faculty at the Rockefeller University, Cornell University Medical College and New York Medical College before coming to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1987, where he is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine (Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology).
He directs the Porphyria Laboratory and Center at UTMB, which is part of the NIH-supported Porphyrias Consortium. He is an active clinical investigator with support from the NIH, FDA, foundations and industry. His research focusses on the human porphyrias and their treatment.