Satya Das MDClinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), Nashville, TN
Dr. Das is a clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC). His research interests are in the realm of gastrointestinal (GI) cancer and drug development. They specifically focus upon designing early phase studies to take advantage of salvage DNA repair pathway dependence in DNA damage response (DDR) deficient tumors and to overcome the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment in refractory tumors through immunotherapy combinations. He has developed several protocols, spanning diseases such as gastric and gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma, neuroendocrine tumors, extra-pulmonary small cell carcinoma and pancreatic adenocarcinoma with his primary mentor Dr. Jordan Berlin who serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Investigation Strategy at VICC and the co-leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Program. He has also written protocols and grant submissions with secondary mentors Dr. Michael Gibson and Dr. Laura Goff, both associate professors in GI oncology at VICC, focused upon gastric adenocarcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma.
He is currently enrolled in the MSCI program at Vanderbilt University which has provided him with structured training in clinical trial design, biostatistics, data-management and precision medicine. He completed a drug development externship at the Investigational Drug Branch (IDB) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Therapeutics Evaluation Program (CTEP) which allowed him to work with IDB members such as Dr.Jeffrey Abrams, Dr.Jeffrey Moscow, Dr.Percy Ivy, Dr. Angela Chen, Dr.Charles Kunos and Dr. Austin Doyle, to review concept proposals and assess novel drug combinations.
Clinically, he focuses on caring for patients with advanced GI malignancies with a specific interest in those with neuroendocrine tumors, gastric cancer and colorectal cancer.