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Academic Thoracic Oncology Medical Investigators Consortium (ATOMIC)

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ATOMIC Director

D. Ross Camidge, M.D.D. Ross Camidge, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine/Oncology and holds the Joyce Zeff Chair in Lung Cancer Research at the University of Colorado. Dr. Camidge was educated at Cambridge University (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology), Cambridge, UK – 1992; and Oxford University Medical School, Oxford, UK – 1995. He joined the University of Colorado as a visiting professor in November of 2005, and was recruited as full-time faculty in October of 2007. He is dual-trained in both medical oncology and clinical pharmacology.

Dr. Camidge is the Director of Thoracic Oncology at the University of Colorado. His focus is in Thoracic Malignancies and Developmental Therapeutics (Phase I studies). In 2012 he was announced as the recipient of the Bonnie J. Addario International Lectureship Award as a ‘Luminary in the quest to eradicate lung cancer.’ In 2013 he became the first physician to receive the Hank Baskett Sr. Spirit Award, for which he was credited as being ‘one of the leading minds in lung cancer today.’ In 2014, he was nationally recognized by The Quality of Life Center at Claremont University in California as an ‘Exemplary mentor in the positive development of junior colleagues in the profession.’ In 2015 he became the inaugural holder of the Joyce Zeff Chair in Lung Cancer Research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and, in 2016, the Lung Cancer Foundation presented him with the Breath Away From The Cure Award describing him as ‘Simply one of the best in treating lung cancer today.’

Dr. Camidge is also the National Medical Director of the Academic Thoracic Oncology Medical Investigators Consortium (ATOMIC) and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Lung Cancer Committee. He has been principal investigator on numerous clinical trials in early phase drug development and thoracic malignancies. He has authored more than 150 articles and reviews in peer-reviewed journals such as Cancer, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Thoracic Oncology and The New England Journal of Medicine. He has presented his research at multiple national and international scientific meetings.

Dr. Camidge has been principal investigator on numerous clinical trials in early phase drug development and thoracic malignancies. He has authored more than 150 articles and reviews in peer-reviewed journals such as Cancer, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Thoracic Oncology and The New England Journal of Medicine. He has presented his research at multiple national and international scientific meetings.

About University of Colorado Cancer Center

The University of Colorado Cancer Center is the Rocky Mountain region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI has given only 40 cancer centers this designation, deeming membership as “the best of the best.” Headquartered on the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, UCCC is a consortium of three state universities (Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder and University of Colorado Denver) and six institutions (AMC Cancer Research Center, The Children’s Hospital, Denver Health, Denver VA Medical Center, National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Hospital). Together, our 400+ members are working to ease the cancer burden through cancer care, research, education and prevention and control. Learn more at

Participating Institutions and Investigators

Charu Aggarwal, MD, MPHDr. Aggarwal completed her medical education at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India, 2003 (MD) and University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005 (for MPH in Health Care Organization and Policy). Dr. Aggarwal then went on to complete Post-Graduate Training with an Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York. She completed a Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at Temple University-Fox Chase Cancer Center, 2008-2011 and was Chief Fellow during 2010-2011. She holds certifications from the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, 2008; Hematology, 2011; and Medical Oncology, 2011. Her professional memberships include the American Association of Cancer Research, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


About the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Abramson Cancer Center

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania is a world leader in cancer research, patient care, and education. The pre-eminent position of the Cancer Center is reflected in its continuous designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute since 1973, one of 41 such Centers in the United States.

The Abramson Cancer Center is dedicated to innovative and compassionate cancer care. The clinical program, comprised of a dedicated staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists and patient care coordinators, currently sees over 90,000 outpatient visits, over 11,800 inpatient discharges, and provides over 37,000 chemotherapy treatments, and more than 66,000 radiation treatments.

In addition, the Abramson Cancer Center is home to the 400+ basic, translational and clinical scientists who work relentlessly to determine the pathogenesis of cancer. Together, the faculty are committed to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Learn more at

Collin Blakely, MDDr. Collin Blakely is a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of lung cancer. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Washington and attended the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and trained as a clinical fellow in Medical Oncology at UCSF. His research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying lung cancer resistance to EGFR-targeted therapies. His goal is to translate laboratory-based findings into new treatments for lung cancer patients. The primary focus of his research is to translate laboratory-based findings into novel investigator sponsored trials that aim to assess the safety and efficacy of rationally designed targeted therapies for lung cancer patients.

Dr. Blakely received his M.D. in 2007 in Medicine from University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in 2006 in Cell and Molecular Biology from University of Pennsylvania. He did a Residency in 2009 in Internal Medicine at University of Pennsylvania Health System, and did a Fellowship in 2011 in Medical Oncology at UCSF.

His clinical expertise includes non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer, and his research interests include ALK-rearranged lung cancer, EGFR-mutant lung cancer, mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapies and ROS1-rearranged lung cancer.

Dr. Blakely’s Awards & Honors include: Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, 2018-2021; V Scholar Award, V Foundation, 2018-2020; Clinical Scientist Award, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, 2018-2012; AACR BioOncology Fellowship, AACR, 2014-2016

About UCSF

UCSF is recognized as one of the world’s greatest research universities, with a collaborative culture focused on understanding, preventing and treating disease. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UCSF’s four graduate schools – Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy – as well as its graduate programs in basic science, social science and global health – among the top in the world. Training takes place at UCSF Health’s hospitals and clinics, as well as at its partner hospitals – Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno – and numerous clinics throughout Northern California. UCSF scientists are driving revolutions in health, from the discovery that enabled physicians to control the AIDS epidemic to recombinant DNA techniques that laid the groundwork for today’s biotechnology industry. Five UCSF scientists have received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Researchers are on the front line in studying and developing novel treatments for diseases ranging from diabetes to Alzheimer’s disease. UCSF’s pioneering work in multiple sclerosis led to FDA approval of an effective new medication for MS in 2016. Learn more at:

Jeffrey M. Clarke M.D.Jeffrey M. Clarke, MD is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, and is a Member of Duke Cancer Institute. His education and training include: Internal Medicine Chief Resident, Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine; Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship, Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine; Categorical Internal Medicine Residency, Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine. He received his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr Clarke’s research philosophy: “I realized during a biology class in college that I could use my interest in science to help make a difference in people’s lives. It drove my decision to pursue a career in medicine. I realized early in medical school that I wanted to spend my career trying to understand cancer, how to fight it and caring for patients who have it. As a medical oncologist with Duke Cancer Center, I specialize in cancers of the chest, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Working closely with my patients, getting to know them personally and understanding their values and goals, allows me to develop individualized care and treatment plans for each one. The most rewarding part of my work is developing long term relationships with my patients and their families throughout their cancer journeys. I am motivated and inspired by how my patients live their lives everyday.”


Thomas E. Stinchcombe, M.D.Thomas E. Stinchcombe, MD is Professor of Medicine at the Duke Cancer Institute in the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology of the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Stinchcombe is a member for the Thoracic Oncology Program within the Duke Cancer Institute. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia, School of Medicine in 1995 and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan in 1998. This was followed by a Hematology and Oncology fellowship at the University of North Carolina from 1998-2001. His clinical interest is in thoracic malignancies, and his research focus is clinical trials for non-small-cell and small-cell lung cancer.

Dr. Stinchcombe acts as Associate Editor of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO), the official journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). He is an Editorial Board Member of Clinical Lung Cancer and Lung Cancer and formerly of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Dr. Stinchcombe is a reviewer of various oncology journals and funding societies and he has published hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored different specialized book chapters.


About The Duke University School of Medicine

The Duke University School of Medicine is a community of scholars devoted to teaching, research and patient care. The School of Medicine incorporates a range of highly regarded, nationally acclaimed health education, biomedical graduate, and certificate and training programs. The school also includes the research efforts of more than 2,100 basic and clinical faculty in 22 departments and 15 centers and institutes. Their combined efforts make Duke one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the country, with more than $650 million in sponsored research expenditures annually. Duke Health conceptually integrates the Duke University School of Medicine, Duke-NUS Medical School, Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Health System, Private Diagnostic Clinic (Duke physicians practice), and incorporates the health and health research programs within the Duke Global Health Institute as well as those in schools and centers across Duke University, including the Duke Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy. Learn more at:

Patrick Forde, MD Dr. Forde is Assistant Professor of Oncology in the thoracic oncology program at Johns Hopkins. He treats patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma and other thoracic cancers. He completed training in internal medicine and oncology in Ireland prior to undertaking a further fellowship at Johns Hopkins and subsequently becoming a medical oncology faculty member in the Lung Cancer Program. His research focus is in immunotherapy and, in particular, agents called anti-PD-1 antibodies which stimulate the immune system to treat cancer. These agents have shown promise in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer and Dr. Forde has developed a clinical trial of anti-PD-1 for earlier stage lung cancer patients. He is active clinically, treating many patients with thoracic cancers while maintaining an active research portfolio that aims to find new and better treatments for patients dealing with cancer.


About Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is a $7 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading health care systems in the United States. Johns Hopkins Medicine unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System.

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s vision, “Together, we will deliver the promise of medicine,” is supported by its mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, Johns Hopkins Medicine educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness.

Johns Hopkins Medicine operates six academic and community hospitals, four suburban health care and surgery centers, and 39 primary and specialty care outpatient sites. The Johns Hopkins Hospital, opened in 1889, has been ranked number one in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 22 years of the survey’s 25-year history, most recently in 2013. For more information, visit

David Gerber, M.D.David Gerber, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine within the Hematology/Oncology Division at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Co-Director of the Experimental Therapeutics Program.

He graduated cum laude from Yale University in New Haven, Conn., and earned his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York.

He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at UT Southwestern, followed by a fellowship in medical oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Dr. Gerber is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, and he holds medical licenses in both Texas and Maryland.

He is active in research related to lung cancer, including clinical trials. His research has generated more than 100 publications that he has authored or co-authored, including articles, abstracts, book chapters, book reviews, and invited manuscripts. His studies have contributed to invitations to lecture both nationally and internationally.


About UT Southwestern Medical Center

The story of UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of commitment to excellence, dedication to discovery, and service to the community. It’s also a story of phenomenal growth, fueled by exceptional people with an extraordinary vision: to establish an academic medical center second to none.

Since its formation in 1943, Southwestern Medical School has grown from a small wartime medical college into UT Southwestern Medical Center, a multifaceted academic institution nationally recognized for its excellence in educating physicians, biomedical scientists, and health care personnel. The faculty also includes six Nobel Laureates, four of whom are active faculty members, 21 members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, and 19 members of the Institute of Medicine, a component of the NAS. UT Southwestern’s faculty and residents annually provide care to more than 90,000 hospitalized patients and oversee nearly 2 million outpatient visits. Learn more at

Wade Iams, MDDr. Wade Iams, Assistant Professor of Medicine, is a translational researcher specializing in thoracic malignancies. Dr. Iams treats patients with thoracic malignancies, and his research focuses on discovering and validating novel blood biomarkers that can be used to better monitor lung cancer patients and identifying genetic factors that may play a role in the development of lung cancer. Dr. Iams also helps conduct clinical trials at Vanderbilt for patients with thoracic malignancies, phase I trials, and with a special focus on new immuno-oncology strategies in patients with solid tumors. His research has been funded by an American Society of Clinical Oncology/Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award. His educational background includes: B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (2008); M.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2012) with postgraduate training as Resident in Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN (2012-2015); Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN (2015-2016) and Fellow in Hematology and Oncology, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL (2016-2018)
Dr. Iams’ primary research interest is identifying innovative applications of blood biomarker analysis in patients with lung cancer. He has helped develop infrastructure to perform key validation research on new technologies for blood biomarker analysis, both during his residency training at Vanderbilt University and his fellowship training at Northwestern University. Results from the early components of this work have been published (most recently in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, PMID 28951314) and presented at multiple national meetings.
About Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) is a leader in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The center’s world-renowned team of experts provides an integrated, personalized and patient-centered approach to cancer care, including treatment, research, support, education and outreach. From a wide variety of wellness programs to a leading REACH for Survivorship Clinic, patients find support from diagnosis through survivorship. VICC is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of just two centers in Tennessee and 41 in the country to earn this highest distinction, and ranks in the top 10 nationwide for cancer research grant support.

Built on a long-standing legacy that includes the work of Nobel laureates Stanley Cohen and Earl Sutherland, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is focused on improving outcomes for all individuals diagnosed with cancer through collaboration and scientific innovation. Our work includes basic, translational and population-based research, cancer prevention and control, precision cancer treatment and breakthrough clinical trials, as well as community outreach, education and service. Learn more at

Natasha Leighl, MDNatasha Leighl is a medical oncologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto, Canada, and Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. After receiving her MD from the University of Toronto, Dr Leighl completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of Calgary and in medical oncology at the University of Toronto. She subsequently completed a Fellowship in Thoracic Oncology with Dr Frances Shepherd at the Princess Margaret Hospital, a Fellowship in Clinical Oncology with Professor Martin Tattersall at the University of Sydney, Australia, and received her MMSc in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Dr Leighl’s main interest is in developing new treatments in lung cancer. She is a member of the Lung Disease Site Executive and Past-Chair Committee on Economic Analysis in the NCIC Clinical Trials Group. Dr Leighl is currently Web Editor of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, Section Co-Editor of The Oncologist and Current Oncology and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. She has served on several committees including as Lung Track Leader for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Cancer Education Committee, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Medical Oncology Examination Board and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Career Development and Continuing Education Committees. She was past President of Lung Cancer Canada. She has recently been awarded the OSI Pharmaceuticals Foundation Chair in Cancer New Drug Development at the University Health Network, University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.


About PMH / UHN Toronto

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is one of the top 5 cancer centres in the world and the lung group is internationally recognized as a leader in clinical and translational research and lung cancer care. They have 12 site groups and 26 specialty clinics, and more than 3,000 staff who see over 400,000 patient visits every year. 850,000 square feet of clinical space house 202 inpatient beds, 16 linear accelerators, a state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance-guided Radiation Therapy (MRgRT) suite, and two Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion units, making it one of the largest comprehensive cancer treatment facilities in the world and the largest radiation treatment centre in Canada. Princess Margaret CC sees over 1,000 patients every day and has the capacity to deliver diagnostic, treatment, and follow-up care to close to 200,000 patients and their families every year. Through ongoing research, education and innovation, with more than 80 lung-cancer related trials annually, Princess Margaret CC continues to be on the frontiers of medical, surgical and radiation oncology, embracing the latest technology and international best-practices and setting standards for patient care. Learn more at: PMH/UHN

Stephen V. Liu, MD

Dr. Stephen V. Liu, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Thoracic Oncology and Director of Developmental Therapeutics at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University.

Dr. Liu graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a major in Biology and a minor in Film and Media Studies, before receiving his M.D. at the University of Maryland. He completed his Internal Medicine training at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Southern California, after which he received further specialized training in genomic medicine at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) under Dr. Daniel Von Hoff. He is a board-certified medical oncologist with expertise in thoracic malignancies including lung cancer, thymic malignancies and mesothelioma.

Dr. Liu has a research focus on the development of novel therapeutic agents and innovative combinations for the treatment of advanced thoracic malignancies. He is Director of Thoracic Oncology at Georgetown University and Head of the Developmental Therapeutics group at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. His work has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Thoracic Oncology, Lancet Oncology, and Cancer Discovery. He is actively involved in post-graduate education and has been awarded multiple teaching awards for his efforts. In addition to leading national and global clinical trials for the treatment of lung cancer, Dr. Liu has also served as the Chief Editor for Frontiers in Thoracic Oncology since 2014.

About Georgetown University Hospital Cancer Center
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis-caring for the whole person-MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment. MedStar Georgetown’s centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown’s healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital-Knowledge and Compassion Focused on You. Learn more at

Jorge Nieva, MDDr. Jorge Nieva is a medical oncologist specializing in lung and head and neck cancer at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center of Keck Medicine of USC.

Dr. Nieva graduated from the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine in 1997, trained in internal medicine at University of California, San Diego and in oncology and hematology at the Scripps Clinic. In 2003 he joined the faculty of the Scripps Research Institute and the medical staff of the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. While at Scripps, Dr. Nieva pioneered new technology for the detection of cancer cells in the peripheral blood and discoveries related to the fundamental mechanisms of the immune system.

He was recruited to the Billings Clinic in Montana in 2007 where he served as department chair and was a program leader who established the multidisciplinary lung cancer and head/neck cancer clinics at the cancer center. While in Billings, Dr. Nieva led efforts to establish a research program in virus-delivered cancer gene therapy and immunotherapy. His teams were awarded certificates for excellence in the conduct of cancer clinical trials from the National Cancer Institute and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Nieva returned to California, joining the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine in 2014.

Dr. Nieva leads thoracic medical oncology efforts at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. He is a member of the Translational and Clinical Sciences Program at the Norris Cancer Center and the disease site head for Thoracic and Head & Neck Malignancies. His research focuses on host related biomarkers as predictors of cancer outcomes and is the principal investigator for the Cancer Moonshot program ATOM-HP which seeks to quantify the physical fitness of cancer patients undergoing cancer treatments. Dr. Nieva also serves as chairman of the Data and Safety Monitoring Committee for the Norris Cancer Center.


About USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, located in Los Angeles, is a major regional and national resource for cancer research, treatment, prevention and education. More than 200 basic and population scientists, physicians from the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and several USC professional schools/departments and the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences who are members of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center investigate the complex origins and progression of cancer, develop prevention strategies and search for cures. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of the nation’s 41 comprehensive cancer centers, a select group of institutions providing leadership in cancer treatment, research, prevention and education. USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has held this designation since 1973, when it was named as one of the first eight comprehensive cancer centers. Learn more at

Liza C. Villaruz, MDLiza C. Villaruz, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. She is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. Dr. Villaruz’s clinical expertise and research focuses on the evaluation and management of lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. As an active member of the Lung and Thoracic Malignancies Program and the University of Pittsburgh’s Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in lung cancer, Dr. Villaruz actively accrues and is the principal investigator of several ongoing clinical trials at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute evaluating novel therapeutic approaches to the treatment of lung cancer. Her research focuses on delineating the clinical behavior of novel molecular subtypes of lung cancer, and the study of novel targeted agents for the treatment of these lung cancer molecular subtypes.

Dr. Villaruz has been awarded the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award for her work on the role of microRNAs as biomarkers of chemotherapy resistance in metastatic melanoma. Dr. Villaruz received an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Notre Dame, in Notre Dame, IN, and a medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore, MD. She completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Villaruz is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and is an invited reviewer for medical journals such as Lung Cancer and Oncology Research. Her areas of specialization/research interests include Lung Cancer , Novel Therapies in Lung Cancer, Clinical Trials in Lung Cancer.

Her education and training include a BS from University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2001; MD from, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 2005, with her residency in Internal Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2008, and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, 2011.


About University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine educates physicians who are science-based, skilled, and compassionate clinicians prepared to meet the challenges of practicing medicine in the 21st century, and educates investigators who are prepared to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research focused on bettering the human condition and advancing the fundamental understanding of medical science. Learn more at

Everett Vokes, MDEverett E. Vokes, MD, an internationally renowned expert in the treatment of head and neck cancer, was named interim dean of the Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine and interim vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago on October 1, 2009.

Born in New York City, Dr. Vokes was educated in West Germany, receiving his medical degree from the University of Bonn Medical School. He served his residency in internal medicine at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center in Chicago and at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He arrived at the University of Chicago as a hematology/oncology fellow in 1983 and was promoted to Professor in 1995. For eleven years he served as chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology before his appointment as chair of the Department of Medicine in March 2009.

Dr. Vokes also serves as deputy director of the University of Chicago’s Cancer Research Center. Dr. Vokes has spent a highly visible career in clinical and translational research involving head and neck cancer, the interaction of chemotherapy and radiation, and lung cancer. His work has shown that intense treatment combining radiation and chemotherapy can bring locally advanced head and neck cancer under control and improve survival. His research in lung cancer is directed at identifying new active therapeutic agents, as well as the interaction of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

In recognition of his outstanding work, Dr. Vokes has received many awards and has led many professional groups in the field of hematology/oncology. In 2008, he was one of two recipients of the new Translational Research Professorship from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and is a recipient of a Francis L. Lederer Foundation grant for research on the malignancies of the upper aerodigestive tract. Dr. Vokes also has been the principal investigator of the University of Chicago’s NCI funded Phase II network since 1994 and has served as chair of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALBG) Respiratory Committee since 2004.

Dr. Vokes is an elected member of the prestigious American Society of Clinical Investigation and American Association of Professors (AAP).Dr. Vokes is widely published with over 450 papers and 80 book chapters. He has served on numerous advisory committees and review panels and has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Oncology, Clinical Lung Cancer, and Investigational New Drugs. Most recently The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has elected Everett Vokes, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, to serve as its president for the 2021-22 term. Dr. Vokes, the John E. Ultmann Professor and Physician-in-Chief at UChicago Medicine and Biological Sciences, will take office as president-elect during the ASCO annual meeting in Chicago in June 2020 and serve a one-year term as president beginning in June 2021.

About University of Chicago Medicine
The University of Chicago Medicine, recognized as one of the Nation’s Leading Academic Medical Institutions, with a history dating to 1927, is a not-for-profit academic medical health system based on the campus of the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, and with hospitals, outpatient clinics and physician practices throughout Chicago and its suburbs. UChicago Medicine unites five organizations to fulfill its tripartite mission of medical education, research and patient care: Pritzker School of Medicine, Biological Sciences Division, Medical Center, Community Health and Hospital Division, and UChicago Medicine Physicians. The University of Chicago Medicine has grown into an integrated academic and community health system. Centered in historic, tree-lined Hyde Park, where the medical center complex is located on the University of Chicago campus, UChicago Medicine also has dozens of outpatient clinics around the Chicago area, including locations in downtown Chicago, the south suburbs and Northwest Indiana. Learn more at:

Jared Weiss, M.D.Dr. Jared Weiss is an assistant professor of medicine for hematology/oncology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr Weiss received his B.S. in neuroscience at Brown University in Providence, RI; his Doctor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT; his residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA; and his fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology. Dr. Weiss is an active clinical investigator in thoracic and head/neck cancers. He volunteers and advocates with the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina and serves on their board of directors. He is Vice President of and serves on the executive board of the Lung Cancer Initiate of North Carolina. He is the section chief of thoracic oncology at the University of North Carolina.


About the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center

One of the leading cancer centers in the nation, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As one of only 41 National Cancer Institutes, UNC Lineberger was rated as exceptional – the highest category – by the National Cancer Institute. The center brings together some of the most exceptional physicians and scientists in the country to investigate and improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. With research that spans the spectrum from the laboratory to the bedside to the community, UNC Lineberger faculty work to understand the causes of cancer at the genetic and environmental levels, to conduct groundbreaking laboratory research, and to translate findings into pioneering and innovative clinical trials. Learn more at