Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist Curtis Chong

Curtis Chong, MD, PhD

Medical Oncologist

Clinical Expertise

Gastrointestinal Cancers; Lung Cancer; Melanoma

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Contact and Location

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Memorial Sloan Kettering has locations throughout New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester. These locations offers many services, including screening, chemotherapy, and medical testing.

About Me


M.Phil, The University of Cambridge; MD, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology

I am a medical oncologist who specializes in caring for people with gastrointestinal cancers, lung cancer, and melanoma. I lead the phase I and immunotherapy clinical trials program for Memorial Sloan Kettering in New Jersey, where our team prides itself on working relentlessly to find a clinical trial for every patient referred to us. I also see patients in the early drug development and immunotherapy clinics in Manhattan.

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 105 marathons in all 50 states, on six continents, and in 17 countries. I encourage my patients to make the most of every day and to incorporate exercise and physical activity into their treatment plan.

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)


Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering work as teams, with specialists from all different areas. This allows us to consider all your needs together, and to give you the best possible care.

Clinical Trials

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Find a Clinical Trial for You

Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

Research and 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.

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. 

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Chong’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.