Primo Lara, Jr., M.D.

Primo Nery Lara, Jr., M.D.




Internal Medicine


Internal Medicine


  • Associate Director for Translational Research, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Co-Leader of the Cancer Therapeutics Program, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor
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Clinical Interests

Dr. Lara is a clinician-scientist whose principal research interests are in the field of developmental therapeutics, particularly in genitourinary and thoracic malignancies, as well as in cancer biomarker development. He has a national and international reputation in clinical-translational research, and has chaired or co-chaired many cancer clinical trials from phase I to III. He directs an active clinical practice in genitourinary and thoracic malignancies and is a strong advocate for cancer clinical trials.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Lara has received research funding from the National Institutes for Health/National Cancer Institute (including R01 and R21 awards) and the American Cancer Society, among others. He has authored or co-authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts, most notably on novel or emerging anti-neoplastic strategies. He is currently principal investigator of the NCI-funded K12 Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology Training Grant, the NCI-funded N01 Early Therapeutics Award, and the UC Davis ACS Institutional Research Grant. He also serves as an active co-investigator in several NCI-funded drug development awards at UC Davis.

Dr. Lara is active in medical education and training, having served as chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Continuing Medical Education Subcommittee in 2012-2013 and Education Committee chair of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer from 2011-2013. He has chaired SWOG's Advanced Kidney Cancer Organ Site since 2002, and serves as chair of SWOG's Professional Review Committee.


Hematology and Oncology

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., University of the Philippines College of Medicine, Manila, Philippines, 1992

B.S., University of the Philippines College of Science, Diliman, Philippines, 1987


Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke?s Medical Center, Chicago , Illinois, 1994-1996


UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1999

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1996

Professional Memberships

American Society of Clinical Oncology

California Cancer Consortium

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer

Southwest Oncology Group

Honors and Awards

Named one of the nation?s Best Doctors in Oncology, 2011-2012, 2013 (Best Doctors Inc./Sacramento Magazine), 2011

Christine Landgraf Memorial Award for Cancer Research, 1999

Most outstanding graduate of the Institute of Biology, College of Science, University of the Philippines, 1987

Magna cum laude, BS Biology, Institute of Biology, College of Science, University of the Philippines, 1987

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