Vivek Subbiah, MD
Vivek Subbiah, MD is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics (A Phase 1 Program), Division of Cancer Medicine, from July 2012 at The University of MD Anderson Cancer Center. After completing his medical school in India at Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, he completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth, Cleveland Ohio. Dr. Subbiah has a unique training background as he is one of the few physicians in the nation/world to have training in oncology in both adults and children. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and has completed fellowships in both adult and pediatric oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. There are few good programs in the country that address the needs of the approximately 72,000 adolescents and young adults (AYA) (15-39 age group) diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States. According to the report of the AYA Oncology Progress Review Group of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) the outcomes of these patients compared with younger and older age groups, has seen little or no improvement in cancer survival rates for decades. Dr. Subbiah has a great interest in improving outcomes in adolescents and young adults with malignancies as well as deciphering mechanisms of treatment response and resistance by studying young patients with unusually dramatic responses. These young people, and their parents and families, are tremendously motivated to find the best treatment options. Dr. Subbiah has been working closely with colleagues in Cancer Medicine and Pediatrics to develop novel treatment methods including molecularly targeted therapies, radiopharmaceutical studies and immunotherapeutic strategies to improve the outcomes of AYA with cancer. In addition, by using cutting-edge molecular profiling and the large portfolio of targeted drugs, he is positioning to lead the way in identifying new treatments for the atypical cancers that these young people develop. He is providing an unmatched opportunity to fulfill an unmet need in treating AYA who suffer from cancer. His research interests include adolescent and young adult oncology, phase 1 trials – drug development (molecularly targeted therapy, radiopharmaceutical studies and immunotherapeutic studies), and clinical trials with molecularly targeted agents in targetable rare diseases (eg, translocation positive sarcomas, NF1, NF2). He also has a passion for N=1 studies in cancer patients that have dramatic responses to therapies by in depth analysis through next generation sequencing, morphoproteomics, and other cutting edge methods for analysis of response/ resistance mechanisms.