David Gandara, M.D.

David R. Gandara, M.D.



Hematology Oncology

Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


  • Director, Thoracic Oncology Program
  • Professor
  • Senior Advisor to Director, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Gandara’s research interests focus on developmental therapeutics of new anti-cancer agents as well as preclinical modeling and clinical research in lung cancer. He is the principal investigator on an Early Therapeutics award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he leads an interdisciplinary team of clinical oncologists, pharmacologists, molecular biologists and statisticians in developing new anti-cancer agents in a variety of novel drug classes. He also leads a multi-specialty team in the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), an NCI-funded national clinical research organization, in studies related to improving therapies for lung cancer and developing predictive biomarkers of therapeutic efficacy.

Dr. Gandara is also the UC Davis principal investigator for a multi-institutional collaboration (iGXT: integrated Genetically-engineered mouse models, patient-derived Xenografts, and Clinical Trials) between the NCI Center for Advanced Preclinical Research (CAPR) and Jackson Laboratory, an NCI-designated basic cancer center. The goal of this iGXT project is to develop better preclinical models to optimize cancer drug development and speed the transition to personalized cancer therapy.


Hematology and Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas, 1973

B.A., University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1969


Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, 1974-76


Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco, California, 1976-78

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1976

American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, 1979

Professional Memberships

Alpha Omega Alpha

American Medical Association

American Society for Cancer Research

American Society of Hematology

Fellow, American College of Physicians

Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer

Secretary-Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Secretary-Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)

Honors and Awards

Scientific Award, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, 2013

America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Guide (2001-2012), 2012

Addario Lectureship Award, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, 2010

Statesman Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2008

The Dr. Fred Marcus “Simply The Best” Award, Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, 2008

Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals, Honors Edition, 2008

Director’s Service Award, National Cancer Institute, 2008

Consumers’ Research Council Guide to America’s Top Physicians, 2004

Longmire Lectureship, Scripps Cancer Center, 2002

Top Cancer Specialists for Women: Lung Cancer, Good Housekeeping Magazine, 1999

Oettinger Memorial Award: Lung Cancer Research, 1998

Semlar Visiting Professorship, Boston University, 1993

Outstanding Attending Physician, Martinez VA Medical Center, 1987

Outstanding Resident Teacher, Madigan Army Medical Center, 1974

Select Recent Publications

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