Scott James, MD, PhD

Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist Scott James
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About Me

I am a medical oncologist who specializes in stem cell transplantation to treat hematologic malignancies. These include leukemias, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome, and lymphoma. In my research, I am particularly interested in improving stem cell transplantation and developing new cell-based therapies to treat these diseases.

Stem cell transplantation is the most established form of cellular therapy for hematologic malignancies. New cellular therapies, like genetically modified T cells, provide an opportunity to bring about complete remissions in people with difficult-to-treat leukemias or lymphomas. I’m interested in using genetic engineering to improve the safety and effectiveness of cellular therapies, including stem cell transplantation and adoptive T cell immunotherapy.

  • Clinical Expertise: Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Awards and Honors: Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Bridge Scholar (2017); Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program Award (2017); Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Award (2017); ASCO Young Investigator Award (2016)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, PhD, Immunology, University of Washington
  • Residencies: Internal Medicine - University of Washington
  • Fellowships: Hematology/Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Internal Medicine

My Research

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Ghosh, A.*, M. Smith*, S. E. James*, M. L. Davila*, E. Velardi, K. V. Argyropoulos, G. Gunset, F. Perna, F. M. Kreines, E. R. Levy, S. Lieberman, H. V. Jay, A. Z. Tuckett, J. L. Zakrzewski, L. Tan, L. F. Young, K. Takvorian, J. A. Dudakov, R. R. Jenq, A. M. Hanash, A. C. F. Motta, G. F. Murphy, C. Liu, A. Schietinger, M. Sadelain, and M. R. M. van den Brink. Donor CD19 CAR T cells exert potent graft-versus-lymphoma activity with diminished graft-versus-host activity. Nat. Med. 2017 Feb; 23: 242–249. *Shared first authorship

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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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