Program Members

The world’s best researchers and clinicians working together to drive a paradigm shift in the way we wage war on cancer.
Collaborative Powerhouse

The world’s best researchers and clinicians working together to drive a paradigm shift in the way we wage war on cancer.

Established in 1937, Duke’s Neuro-Oncology Program is one of the oldest and largest brain tumor research and clinical programs in the United States. Its ongoing expansion and prosperity is due in large part to its affiliation with the Duke Cancer Institute—an NCI-designated cancer institute that links phenomenal patient care and cutting-edge research into one seamless continuum—and, of course, the program members. The 38 members fill full, associate, and secondary positions, in which each position is granted differing levels of access to the DCI’s shared resources. The DCI Neuro-Oncology Program’s all-star team is at the vanguard of brain tumor research, with each member harboring the common goal of providing the best possible treatment for adults and children battling brain or spinal cord tumors.

Program Members

Daniel Barboriak, MD
Daniel Barboriak, MD
Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics, Clinical Trials
Darell D. Bigner, MD, PhD
Darell D. Bigner, MD, PhD
Edwin L. Jones, Jr. and Lucille Finch Jones Cancer Research Professor, Immunoconjugates
Satish Chitneni, PhD
Satish Chitneni, PhD
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Molecular Studies
Annick Desjardins, MD
Annick Desjardins, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology, Clinical Trials
Peter Fecci, MD, PhD
Peter Fecci, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pathology, Clinical Trials
Allan Friedman, MD
Allan Friedman, MD
Guy L. Odom Professor of Neurological Surgery, Clinical Trials
Henry Friedman, MD
Henry Friedman, MD
James B. Powell, Jr. Professor of Neuro-Oncology, Clinical Trials
Matthias Gromeier, MD
Matthias Gromeier, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Medicine, Virotherapy
Yiping He, PhD
Yiping He, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Molecular Studies
Stephen Keir, DrPH, MPH
Stephen Keir, DrPH, MPH
Professor of Neurosurgery, Pre-Clinical Drug Testing
Chay Kuo, MD, PhD
Chay Kuo, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neurobiology, and Pediatrics, Molecular Studies
Roger McLendon, MD
Roger McLendon, MD
Professor of Pathology, Biobanking
Katherine Peters, MD, PhD
Katherine Peters, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Clinical Trials
Dina Randazzo, MD
Dina Randazzo, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Clinical Trials
John Sampson, MD, PhD, MBA, MHSc
John Sampson, MD, PhD, MBA, MHSc
Dr. Robert H Wilkins and Gloria Wilkins Professor of Neurosurgery, Active Immunotherapy
Luis Sanchez-Perez, PhD
Luis Sanchez-Perez, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Active Immunotherapy
Allen Song, PhD
Allen Song, PhD
Professor of Radiology, Neurobiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, and Biomedical Engineering, Clinical Trials
Eric M. Thompson, MD
Eric M. Thompson, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Trials
Gordana Vlahovic, MD
Gordana Vlahovic, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Clinical Trials
Hai Yan, MD, PhD
Hai Yan, MD, PhD
Henry S. Friedman, Professor of Neuro-Oncology, Molecular Studies

Associate Members

Francis Ali-Osman, DSc
Francis Ali-Osman, DSc
Margaret Harris and David Silverman Professor of Neuro-Oncology Research, Molecular Studies
Melanie Bonner, PhD
Melanie Bonner, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Clinical Trials
Vidyalakshmi Chandramohan, PhD
Vidyalakshmi Chandramohan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Immunoconjugates
Thomas Cummings, MD
Thomas Cummings, MD
Professor of Pathology and Ophthalmology, Clinical Trials
Herbert Fuchs, MD
Herbert Fuchs, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Assistant Professor of Pathology, and Pediatrics, Clinical Trials
James Herndon, PhD
James Herndon, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics, Clinical Trials
Carrie Muh, MD
Carrie Muh, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics, Clinical Trials
Renee Raynor, PhD
Renee Raynor, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sceinces, and Neurosurgery, Clinical Trials

Secondary Members

Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD
Mark Dewhirst, DVM, PhD
Gustavo S. Montana M.D. Professor of Radiation Oncology, Pre-Clinical Drug Testing
Simon Gregory, PhD
Simon Gregory, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Research Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Molecular Studies
Dora Il'yasova, PhD, MSPH
Dora Il'yasova, PhD, MSPH
Associate Consulting Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Causation
John Kirkpatrick, MD
John Kirkpatrick, MD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Neurosurgery, Clinical Trials
Sally Kornbluth, PhD
Sally Kornbluth, PhD
James B. Duke Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Molecular Studies
Floyd Scott, MD, PhD
Floyd Scott, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Clinical Trials
Ganesan Vaidyanathan, PhD
Ganesan Vaidyanathan, PhD
Professor of Radiology, Immunoconjugates
Michael Zalutsky, PhD
Michael Zalutsky, PhD
Jonathan Spicehandler M.D. Professor of Neuro-Oncology Research, Radio-Immunotherapy

Secondary Associate Members

Madan Kwatra, PhD
Madan Kwatra, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Molecular Studies
Anne West, MD, PhD
Anne West, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurobiology