Danny N. Khalil, MD, PhD

About Me

I am a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in caring for people with hepatobiliary, colorectal, pancreatic, and other gastrointestinal cancers. As a member of the MSK Immunotherapeutics Clinic and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, I am involved in the range of cancer immunotherapy research from basic science to clinical trials.

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With support from the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute and the MSK Technology Development Fund, my work is largely focused on developing next-generation immunotherapy drugs. By targeting fundamental mechanisms of immune tolerance, these drugs are designed to treat diverse advanced cancers including colon cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer, and breast cancer

  • Clinical Expertise: Cancer Immunotherapy; Liver Cancer; Cholangiocarcinoma; Gallbladder Cancer; Colon Cancer; Pancreatic Cancer; Other Gastrointestinal Cancers; Development of New Therapies
  • Awards and Honors: American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award, Conquer Cancer Foundation; Daland Fellowship in Clinical Investigation, American Philosophical Society; American Association for Cancer Research Amgen Clinical, Translational Cancer Research Fellowship; US Department of Defense, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Prostate Cancer Training Award
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, PhD, Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • Residencies: Internal Medicine - NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Fellowships: Medical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

My Research

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Khalil DN, Smith EL, Brentjens RJ, Wolchok JD. The future of cancer treatment: immunomodulation, CARs and combination immunotherapy. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2016 Jun;13(6):394. doi: 10.1038/nrclinonc.2016.65. Epub 2016 Apr 26.

Khalil DN, Segal NH. Modern Immunotherapy for the Treatment of Advanced Gastrointestinal Cancers. Oncology (Williston Park). 2016 Jan;30(1):85-90, 93. Review.

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Clinical Trials

As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.

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