cancer center

  • Cancer Moonshot Initiative Recipients
  • Cancer Therapeutics program includes a cohesive group of scientists focused on target identification, drug discovery, development and translation to clinical trials.
  • Research core capabilities in combinatorial chemistry, animal imaging, molecular pharmacology and immune monitoring
  • Largest mouse biology program in the US
  • Innovation groups comprised of basic and translational scientists and multi-disciplinary clinician researchers focused on translating laboratory discoveries to patient treatments
  • First of its kind, formal research partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Partnership with Jackson Laboratories with Sacramento campus being the location of their mouse-derived tumor xenografts repository
  • Home of the Explorer Project, an NCI-funded whole-body PET imaging development program
  • GMP facility on Sacramento campus
  • California National Primate Research Center on the Davis campus
  • Conducts 50+ clinical trials per year including first-in-human and cellular therapies
  • Trials in solid tumors and hematological malignancies
  • Enrolls 150+ patient per year to phase I trials
  • Ability to perform serial biopsies and pharmacokinetics
  • Dedicated phase I infusion space
  • The Sacramento Citywide Oncology Phase I (SCOPE) Program is a unique academic-community with oncologists participating from:
    • Dignity Health
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Sutter Health
    • Sierra Hematology & Oncology
    • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (all patients are treated in the phase I unit at UC Davis)
  • Conducts 150+ Phase I-III clinical trials per year
  • Conducts investigator-initiated, feeder and industry trials
  • Continuous federal funding for phase I and II trials through the NCI UM1 mechanism
  • Lead Academic Partner Site (LAPS) for the NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN)
  • Engaged community network of sites through the Cancer Care Network
  • Large Health Disparities Program with special emphasis on Native American, Asian and Hispanic population access to clinical trials
  • 50+ staff members with expertise in regulatory, clinical and data management, financial analysis and compliance
  • Multisite clinical trial monitoring and contract service lines
  • Correlative laboratory with rapid on-site processing, storage and shipping
  • Cancer center-dedicated IDS Pharmacy embedded within infusion center
  • Protocol development and IND management
  • Quality assurance program
  • 90-day activation timelines for phase I trials

Mehrdad Abedi, M.D. © UC Regents

Mehrdad Abedi, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology

Mili Arora, M.D. © UC Regents

Mili Arora, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Associate Director, Fellowship Program

Helen Chew, M.D. © UC Regents Helen Chew, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Director, Clinical Breast Cancer Program
Director, Fellowship Program
May Cho, M.D. © UC Regents May Cho, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Scott Christensen, M.D. © UC Regents Scott Christensen, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Associate Director, Hospice Program
Medical Director, Cancer Care Network
David R. Gandara M.D. © UC Regents David R. Gandara, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Associate Director for Clinical Research, UC Davis Cancer Center
Director, Thoracic Oncology Program
Adam Giermasz, M.D. © UC Regents Adam Giermasz, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Co-Director, Hemophilia Treatment Program
Kendra Hutchinson, M.D. © UC Regents Kendra Hutchinson, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Brian Jonas, M.D., Ph.D. © UC Regents Brian Jonas, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Paul Kaesberg, M.D. © UC Regents Paul Kaesberg, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Karen Kelly M.D. © UC Regents Karen Kelly, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Associate Director for Clinical Research
Phase I Clinical Director
Edward Kim, M.D., Ph.D. © UC Regents Edward Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Interal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Primo Lara, M.D. © UC Regents Primo Lara, M.D.
Professor of Interal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Tianhong Li, M.D., Ph.D. © UC Regents Tianhong Li, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Anjlee Mahajan, M.D. © UC Regents Anjlee Mahajan, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Robert O'Donnell, M.D., Ph.D. © UC Regents Robert O'Donnell, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Chong-Xian Pan, M.D., Ph.D. © UC Regents Chong-Xian Pan, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Leader of Urothelial Carcinoma Initiative
Mamta Parikh, M.D., M.S. © UC Regents Mamta Parikh, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Carol M. Richman, M.D. © UC Regents Carol M. Richman, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Director, Stem Cell Transplant Program
Jonathan Riess, M.D., M.S. © UC Regents Jonathan Riess, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Eve Rodler, M.D. © UC Regents Eve Rodler, M.D.
Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Aaron Rosenberg, M.D., M.S. © UC Regents Aaron Rosenberg, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Kit W. Tam, M.D. © UC Regents Kit W. Tam, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Michael Tanaka, M.D. © UC Regents Michael Tanaka, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology
Joseph M. Tuscano, M.D. © UC Regents Joseph M. Tuscano, M.D.
Professor In Residence, Hematology and Oncology
Jeanna Welborn, M.D. © UC Regents Jeanna Welborn, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Medical Director, Adult Infusion Unit
Ted Wun, M.D. © UC Regents Ted Wun, M.D.
Associate Dean for Research
Director of the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center
Chief of Hematology and Oncology
Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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