Curtis Chong, MD, PhD

About Me

I am a medical oncologist who specializes in caring for people with gastrointestinal cancers. I have particular expertise in using targeted therapies and immunotherapies to treat these diseases. My research is focused on finding innovative ways to use existing drugs to better treat cancer. As a member of the Early Drug Development Service and Immuno-Oncology Program, I am proud to be a part of the team that provides exceptional care at Memorial Hospital in Manhattan, and MSK Monmouth and MSK Basking Ridge, both in New Jersey. 

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When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, they often feel overwhelmed. I have been in this position with several of my family members. As an oncologist, my mission is to help patients and families pursue the best treatments available while still finding happiness and meaning in their lives.

When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling and long-distance running. I have completed 91 marathons in 48 states, on six continents, and in 16 countries.

  • Clinical Expertise: Gastrointestinal Cancers
  • Awards and Honors: Bial Award Diploma of Distinction, Bial Foundation for Medical Research and Portuguese Republic (2011); Young Investigator Award, American Society for Clinical Oncology (2012); American Cancer Society Post-doctoral Fellowship (2014-2016); Uniting Against Lung Cancer Fellowship (2014-2016); Fellow, American College of Physicians (2014); Four-time Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Star Doctor Award (2016-2017)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: M.Phil, The University of Cambridge; MD, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residencies: Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Fellowships: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School
  • Board Certifications: Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology

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Publications

Kiefer, M. M. and Chong, C. R., eds. Pocket Primary Care. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins. March 2014. Hematology/oncology subsection editor. Authored chapters on Routine Visit, Evidence-based Medicine, Delivering Bad News, Hypertension, Influenza/Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Back Pain, and Alcohol Use Disorder.

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Chong C. R., Bahcall M, Capelletti M, Kosaka T, Ercan D, Sim T, Sholl LM, Nishino M, Johnson BE, Gray NS, Jänne PA. “Identification of Existing Drugs That Effectively Target NTRK1 and ROS1 Rearrangements in Lung Cancer.” Clinical Cancer Research. 2017. 23:204-213. 

Nishino, M., Chambers, E. S., Chong, C. R., Ramaiya, N. H., Gray, S. W., Marcoux, J. P., Habatu, H., Jänne, P. A., Hodi, F. S., and Awad, M. M. “Anti-PD-1 Inhibitor-Related Pneumonitis in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. ” Cancer Immunology Research. 2016. 4: 289-293. 

Chong, C. R., Wirth, L. J., Nishino, M., Chen, A. B., Sholl, L. M., Kulke, M. F., McNamee, C. J., Jänne, P. A., and Johnson, B. E. “Chemotherapy for locally advanced and metastatic pulmonary carcinoid tumors.” Lung Cancer. 2014, 86: 241-246. 


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Clinical Trials

Research is integral to our mission at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and clinical trials help us discover better forms of patient care and treatment. For you, this could mean access to a new therapy or therapy combination. Click to see a list of the trials I’m currently leading.

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