David R. Gandara, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) School of Medicine, is the Senior Advisor to the Director, and Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine specializing in Medical Oncology. He is currently principal investigator for a number of research projects in lung cancer, pharmacology trials at various phases, and Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) trials.
He is the clinical director for a National Cancer Institute award to the California Cancer Consortium for Early Therapeutic Trials of New Anti-Cancer Agents. He is chair of the SWOG Lung Committee, and a member and prior co-chair of the NCI-directed Investigational Drug Steering Committee (IDSC). He has written over 300 articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials. He is Editor-in-chief of the journal Clinical Lung Cancer, serves on the editorial board of four oncology journals, and is an ad hoc manuscript reviewer for eight additional journals. He served as president of International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) from 2009 to 2011 and is on the board of directors of IASLC and was elected as treasurer in 2013. He is a prior board member and secretary-treasurer of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He also is chair of the NCI-directed Lung Correlative Science Committee. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Dr. Gandara was an intern and resident at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma and a fellow at the Letterman Army Medical Center Presidio of San Francisco.