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Administration

Interim Director

  • Nita Ahuja

    William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery; Chair, Department of Surgery; Assistant Cancer Center Director, Surgery; Interim Director, Yale Cancer Center; Interim Physician-in-Chief, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Chairman, Director’s Advisory Board

Deputy Director and Senior Director

Associate Directors

  • Nita Ahuja

    William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery; Chair, Department of Surgery; Assistant Cancer Center Director, Surgery; Interim Director, Yale Cancer Center; Interim Physician-in-Chief, Smilow Cancer Hospital

  • Roy H. Decker

    Professor of Therapeutic Radiology; Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Therapeutic Radiology; Director of the Clinical Trials Office, Yale Cancer Center; Associate Cancer Center Director, Clinical Sciences; Disease Aligned Research Team Leader, Therapeutic Radiology, Yale Cancer Center; Associate Director, Residency Training Program, Therapeutic Radiology

  • Roy S. Herbst

    Ensign Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Professor of Pharmacology; Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital; Associate Cancer Center Director, Translational Science

  • Melinda Irwin

    Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Associate Cancer Center Director, Population Sciences; Co-Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control, Yale Cancer Center; Deputy Director (Public Health), Yale Center for Clinical Investigation

  • Harriet Kluger

    Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Director, Yale SPORE in Skin Cancer, Yale Cancer Center; Director, Yale Immuno-Oncology Training Program; Associate Cancer Center Director, Education, Training and Faculty Development; Deputy Section Chief, Medical Oncology

  • Marcella Nunez-Smith

    Associate Dean for Health Equity Research and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (General Medicine), of Epidemiology (Chronic Disease) and of Public Health (Social And Behavioral Sciences); Associate Dean, Health Equity Research; Founding Director, Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), Yale School of Medicine; Director, Center for Research Engagement (CRE); Director, Center for Community Engagement and Health Equity; Deputy Director for Health Equity Research and Workforce Development, Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI); Director, Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership

  • David F. Stern

    Professor of Pathology; Vice Chair for Basic and Translational Sciences, Pathology; Associate Cancer Center Director, Shared Resources; Co-Leader, Cancer Signaling Networks, Yale Cancer Center

Assistant Directors

  • Nita Ahuja

    William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery; Chair, Department of Surgery; Assistant Cancer Center Director, Surgery; Interim Director, Yale Cancer Center; Interim Physician-in-Chief, Smilow Cancer Hospital

    Nita Ahuja, MD, MBA, is the chair of the Department of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine and chief of surgery at Yale New Haven Hospital, effective February 1, 2018. Watch a video with Dr. Nita Ahuja>>

    Dr. Ahuja obtained her medical education at the Duke University School of Medicine and her training in general surgery at Johns Hopkins. She completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at Johns Hopkins focused on hepatobiliary malignancies and joined the faculty in 2003. 

    Dr Ahuja's surgical specialization is in management of sarcomas and complex gastrointestinal cancers, including gastric, rectal, and pancreatic cancers. She has developed an international reputation for management of peritoneal cancer metastases with cytoreduction and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy, which attracts patients from around the world. She is a strong advocate for working with various disciplines to deliver caring and cutting edge treatment to her patients and is honored as a top doctor by multiple organizations. Prior to coming to Yale as chair of surgery, she was the director of sarcoma program and gastric cancer program.

    Dr. Ahuja is also a passionate advocate of clinician scientist and has run a laboratory focused on developing new knowledge to improve cancer outcomes. Her NIH funded laboratory has been focused on identifying new biomarkers for pancreas and colon cancers using liquid biopsies and stool DNA. She has also led over twenty national and international clinical trials on testing new therapies in gastrointestinal and breast cancers based on concepts identified in her laboratory.

    She is a national and international surgical leader and surgeon scientist who serves on multiple editorial boards and in national leadership positions including as an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, member of the American Surgical Association, New England Surgical Society, Southern Surgical Association and on the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Faculty and Academic Societies Administrative Board. She has published over 300 papers and book chapters contributing to both the surgical and basic science fields. Her many awards and honors include the William J. Reinhoff, Jr. Scholar Award, the American Surgical Association Fellowship, the Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award, and the Abell Foundation Award: Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development.



  • Don Nguyen

    Associate Professor of Pathology and Medical Oncology; Assistant Cancer Center Director for Research Development, Yale Cancer Center

    Don X. Nguyen was born in Montreal, Québec, Canada and obtained his B.Sc. from McGill University in 1998. He then received his Ph.D. degree in 2004 from the University of Rochester, NY, before pursuing his post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Joan Massagué at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute, New York, NY (2004-2009).  Don is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Medicine (Medical Oncology). He is also the Assistant Cancer Center Director for Research Development at the Yale Cancer Center. Don’s laboratory is focused on studying the biological and molecular determinants of lung tumor progression and cancer metastasis.

  • Edward Snyder

    Professor of Laboratory Medicine; Associate Chair, Clinical Affairs (Therapeutic); Assistant Cancer Center Director, Membership; Editor, Lab News