I am a board-certified medical oncologist specializing in cancers that arise in the lungs. Although my special interests are small cell lung cancer and neuroendocrine tumors of the lung (pulmonary carcinoids), I also care for a large number of patients with non-small cell lung cancer. With my colleagues on the Thoracic Oncology Service, I conduct clinical trials of new treatments for patients with these malignancies.
I feel my research provides my patients with additional options for care by using the latest information about the molecular basis of these diseases. For example, we collect special cells in the blood (circulating tumor cells) to more precisely and more quickly determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatment in men and women with small cell lung cancer.