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Wafik El-Deiry MD, PhD, FACP

Wafik S. El-Deiry MD, PhD, FACP

Director, Brown–Lifespan Joint Program in Cancer Biology; Associate Dean, Oncologic Sciences, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Dr. Wafik El-Deiry is a leading physician–scientist, medical oncologist, and academic leader. He is the inaugural Associate Dean for Oncologic Sciences at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and is leading the Brown–Lifespan Health System Joint Program in Cancer Biology in the Departments of Pathology and Medicine, charged with developing a transdisciplinary, translational cancer biology program.

Dr. El-Deiry’s treatment focus is in colorectal cancer, including cancer genetics, drug resistance, tumor molecular profiling, and palliative care. His research focus is on translational drug discovery and development, with a major goal of developing personalized therapy for patients with colorectal cancer.

Prior to his appointment at Brown, Dr. El-Deiry was at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, where he led the translational research program and served as the co-leader of the molecular therapeutics program.

Dr. El-Deiry has co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and has served on many editorial boards, including those of the Journal of Clinical Investigation as well as Cancer Biology and Therapy, a publication he co-founded as Editor-in-Chief in 2001.

He earned his medical degree and a PhD in biochemistry at the University of Miami. He underwent residency training in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed an oncology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in Baltimore.


Director, Brown–Lifespan Joint Program in Cancer Biology

Associate Dean for Oncologic Sciences, Brown University