Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist W. Victoria Lai

W. Victoria Lai, MD

Medical Oncologist

Clinical Expertise

Lung Cancer; Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC); Pulmonary Neuroendocrine Tumors; Clinical Trials

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About Me


MD, New York University


Internal Medicine - Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis


Medical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology

I am a board-certified medical oncologist whose practice is dedicated to caring for people with lung cancer. I work closely with other lung cancer experts, including radiation oncologists and surgeons, to develop a treatment plan for each patient that is tailored to their individual type of cancer, as well as their personal circumstances and wishes. My colleagues and I run and participate in a variety of clinical trials, all of which are available to patients who are eligible and wish to participate. These trials range from therapeutic trials that evaluate new treatment strategies to translational trials that help us learn more about lung cancer.

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is extremely scary for patients and their families. During their initial visits, we will spend as much time as needed to ensure that they have a full understanding of the disease and how treatments will affect their lives. My goal is for them to leave each visit feeling comfortable and confident in their team and care plan.

While I care for patients with all types and stages of lung cancer, my research is focused on developing new therapies that can potentially improve treatment outcomes for patients with small cell lung cancer and other pulmonary neuroendocrine tumors. Over the past few years, there have been exciting developments in immunotherapy as well as efforts to develop targeted therapies, biomarkers, and new combinations of drug treatments in these diseases. At MSK, I conduct and lead clinical trials that use all of the above strategies, and we are constantly expanding our robust portfolio of clinical studies to bring novel and potentially more effective therapies to our patients.

During our initial visits, we will spend as much time as needed to ensure that you have a full understanding of the disease and how treatments will affect your life.

Dr. Lai

Awards and Honors

  • Young Investigator Award, Conquer Cancer Foundation, American Society of Clinical Oncology (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

Publications on PubMed

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