Participating Institutions & Investigators
Academic Thoracic Oncology Medical Investigators Consortium (ATOMIC)
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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.
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 www.ucdenver.edu.
Participating Institutions and Investigators
Charu Aggarwal, MD, MPH and Joshua Bauml, MD
Abramson Cancer Center, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. 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.
Dr. Joshua M. Bauml is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Co-Deputy Director for the Lung/Head and Neck Medical Oncology Clinical Research Program, Abramson Cancer Center.
Dr. Bauml is one of 50 doctors at Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian and one of 7 at Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center who specialize in Medical Oncology. His education & medical training includes: MD Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Internal medicine Residency Mount Sinai Hospital; Medical Oncology Fellowship Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Faculty appointment Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His certifications & licensure include American Board of Internal Medicine, Certified in Internal Medicine; American Board of Internal Medicine, Certified in Medical Oncology.
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 www.penncancer.org
Jeffrey M. Clarke M.D. and Thomas E. Stinchcombe, M.D.
Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
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, 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.
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: https://corporate.dukehealth.org/who-we-are.
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.
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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.
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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 http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/about-us/mission-history/index.html
Dr. Leora Horn is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Assistant Director of the Educator Development Program as well as the Clinical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Research Program at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Horn received her Honors Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Pharmacology from the University of Toronto where she also attended medical school and trained in internal medicine and medical oncology. She completed a sub-specialty fellowship in Thoracic Oncology Research Program at Vanderbilt University. Her fellowship was funded by an award from the Canadian Association of Medical Oncology. Dr. Horn joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology in 2009. As a junior faculty member she was supported for the first two years with a K12 training award. In 2011, she became the Clinical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program. In 2014 she was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine.
Dr. Horn’s clinical practice focuses primarily on the care of patients with lung cancer. She is the Clinical Director of the Thoracic Oncology Research Program at Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center (VICC). Her research interests include experimental therapeutics and medical education. In 2011 she received the VICC Impact Award for being among the top 5 accruing physicians to clinical trials at VICC. In 2012 and 2013 she received this award again and in 2014 she lead accrual to clinical trials at VICC. She is currently completing a Masters in Health Professional Education through the University of Illinois at Chicago and is the Assistant Director of the Educator Development Program (EDP). The EDP is a program designed to enhance the medical education knowledge, attitudes and skills of all medical center faculty members (physicians, nurses and scientists), learners (students, residents and fellows) and others (administrators, department leaders) who teach in the medical/graduate/nursing school environment. Dr. Horn was the first author on a poster describing the program and outcomes that was awarded the best poster award at the Group of Women in Medicine and Science meeting at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) meeting in San Francisco in 2012.
Dr. Horn has served as the principal investigator responsible for oversight of over thirty therapeutic trials for lung cancer patients at VICC. Results of these trials have been presented at national and international meetings and published in peer review journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nature and Lancet Oncology. She has published over 60 papers and book chapters. She is an active member in the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
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 www.vicc.org
Natasha 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.
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 is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgetown University. He is an active member of the thoracic oncology section and the developmental therapeutics / phase I program. Dr. Liu has a clinical focus on the treatment of lung cancer. His research interests are in the development of novel agents and rational drug combinations. He currently serves as chief editor for Frontiers in Thoracic Oncology and has led numerous national and international trials in thoracic oncology.
Dr. Liu graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine with clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology. Dr. Liu has been on the faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine since 2013 and has received multiple awards for teaching and for patient care.
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Caroline McCoach, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Caroline McCoach is Assistant Professor, UCSF School of Medicine and a thoracic oncologist who specializes in treating adults with lung or other thoracic cancers. Her goal is to provide a personalized approach to treatment based on each patient’s cancer type in combination with their individual goals.
McCoach’s research focuses on integrating clinical findings with laboratory studies to improve patient care. Her work includes developing new drug therapies for lung cancers as well as investigating how cancer evolves to become resistant to targeted therapies. This research aims to help create new therapies that may delay or prevent cancer cell resistance to treatment.
She earned a doctorate in biochemistry from Stanford University before earning her medical degree at the University of Colorado. She then completed her residency training in internal medicine at the University of California, Davis, where she was chief resident in her final year. She then completed a research fellowship at UC Davis, where she focused on the development of clinical trials for lung cancer therapies, before returning to the University of Colorado for a clinical fellowship in hematology and oncology, which concentrated on thoracic malignancies with gene mutations. Dr. McCoach is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and American Society of Hematology.
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: www.uscf.edu/about
Dr. 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.
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 uscnorriscancer.usc.edu.
Jyoti Patel is Professor, Department of Medicine, and Director, Thoracic Oncology and specializes in the treatment of patients with lung cancer and other thoracic cancers. She aims to develop personalized treatments for lung cancer through the use of targeted approaches, immunotherapy, and cytotoxic chemotherapy. As director of thoracic oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine, she oversees lung cancer research and clinical activities. As Director of Thoracic Oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine, she oversees lung cancer clinical and research activities. She has authored numerous publications, served as the principal investigator of multiple clinical trials, and has had leadership on national thoracic cancer committees including the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Hoosier Oncology Group, and the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. She works with a team of experts in pulmonary medicine, pathology, radiology, surgery, and radiation oncology to provide state of the art multidisciplinary care.
She aims to develop treatments for lung cancer that are personalized. By utilizing targeted approaches, immunotherapy, and cytotoxic chemotherapy, treatment is tailored to individual patients, hopefully leading to better outcomes than current strategies. Her research findings have been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Cancer. She has held leadership roles in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the Hoosier Oncology Group, and the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. Patel received a BA in English literature with honors from Northwestern University and earned an MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, serving as chief resident. She also participated in a fellowship in medical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and one in medicine at the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Combining compassionate patient care and groundbreaking medical and biological research, the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division are at the forefront of facing the world’s most pressing medical challenges. The University of Chicago medical campus includes Comer Children’s Hospital, Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital for adult inpatient care, Chicago Lying-in Hospital, and the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine, as well as outpatient locations throughout the Chicago area. The University of Chicago matriculated its first class of medical students in 1927 and continues to serve as a leader in training physicians and scientists. In recognition of the generous support extended to the medical school from the Pritzker family of Chicago, the medical school was renamed the Pritzker School of Medicine in 1968. The great traditions which underlie our school’s history include the presence of a full-time teaching faculty devoted to working with students, a strong emphasis on research and discovery, and a commitment to translating the most recent advances in biomedical science to the bedside. Learn More at: www.uchicago.edu/medicine/.
Liza 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.
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 cancergrace.org 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.
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