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Joel Neal, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Oncology)
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsI am a thoracic oncologist who cares for patients with non-small cell lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and other thoracic malignancies. I design and conduct clinical trials of novel therapies in collaboration with other researchers and pharmaceutical companies. These generally focus on two areas, 1) targeted therapies against particular mutations in cancers (for example EGFR, ALK, ROS1, HER2, KRAS, MET, and others) and 2) the emerging field of immunotherapy in cancer, using anti PD-1/PD-L1 therapies in combination with other agents, and also developing cellular therapies. I also collaborate with other researchers on campus to apply emerging technologies to cancer therapy, for example, circulating tumor DNA detection. Additionally, in my role as the Cancer Center IT Medical Director, I coordinate projects relating to our use of the electronic health record to improve provider efficiency and facilitate patient care.
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Oncology
BioDr. Kim-Son H. Nguyen obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, with a concentration in genetics, his Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School, and Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government before becoming a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. He then completed his fellowship in hematology and oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Cancer Institute. While maintaining an active clinical practice at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Dr. Nguyen is an adjunct clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, with research interests including the molecular epidemiology of lung cancer, cancer screening, cancer therapeutics, and cancer care delivery.
With a unique training and extensive experience in cancer genetics, clinical research, and public policy, Dr. Nguyen has been involved in improving cancer care globally for many years. A former director of the American Society of Clinical Oncology International Program in Vietnam, he is passionate about bringing the latest oncology knowledge to cancer-treating health care providers in resource-limited settings, improving cancer care in disadvantaged patient populations, and promoting clinical research in developing countries.