MSK medical oncologist Loren Michel

Loren Scott Michel, MD

Medical Oncologist

Clinical Expertise

Head & Neck Medical Oncology; Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin; Targeted Therapy

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About Me


MD, Case Western Reserve University


Internal Medicine - Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Hematology/Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Medical Oncology

I am a medical oncologist who cares for people with head and neck cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma and thyroid cancer. I see about 400 patients each year at Memorial Sloan Kettering Basking Ridge and Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth. I have nearly 20 years of experience and am committed to helping my patients fight and beat cancer. There is nothing more meaningful to me in life than this pursuit.

I specialize in treating squamous cell cancer of the mucosal surfaces, including the lips, mouth, throat, voicebox, and nasopharynx. I am particularly interested in treating patients whose tumors are caused by smoking or viruses, such as HPV and the Epstein-Barr virus.

I also have expertise in caring for people with squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. This is a common type of skin cancer that can be deadly if it recurs or spreads to other parts of the body. Incurable squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is rare, but I have extensive experience in treating patients whose disease can’t be cured with surgery or radiation.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the best treatment approach for each patient. It’s critical to find options that will maximize the chance of a cure and minimize side effects. For my patients who have incurable disease, I especially weigh the potential of therapies that will prolong life or reduce symptoms against any side effects. Quality of life always comes first.

The goal of my research is to develop new treatment approaches for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. We recently published the results of the first trial of palbociclib for treating head and neck cancer. Palbociclib is a pill that targets a specific genetic defect that is found in nearly all HPV-unrelated squamous cell cancers of the head and neck. This drug is likely to provide a significant benefit for the treatment of incurable head and neck squamous cell cancer. My long-term goal is to develop more of these types of therapies that will help improve cure rates.

Awards and Honors

  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Scholars Award
  • AACR-Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research Fellowship in Basic Research
  • Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award


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Research and Publications

Oral Oncology, Michel, L. et al 2016: Phase I trial of palbociclib, a selective cyclin dependent kinase 4/6 inhibitor, in combination with cetuximab in patients with recurrent/metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Michel’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.