Ghassan Abou-Alfa, MD (Liver Cancer)

Gastrointestinal Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

Dr. Ghassan K. Abou-Alfa joined the Gastrointestinal Oncology Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College in New York back in 2001. 

Dr. Abou-Alfa specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies. Dr. Abou-Alfa received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and completed his post-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine. His research is dedicated to finding novel therapies and improving the effectiveness current therapies for hepatocellular carcinoma, cholangiocarcinoma, and gallbladder cancer, while continuing to understand the basic mechanisms of the diseases and its therapy. Dr. Abou-Alfa has many publications in the field. He led on many occasions, international teams of investigators. He serves as the chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Task Force for Hepatobiliary Cancers and the chair of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) Non-AIDS Defining Malignancies (NADC) Liver/GI Task Force. Dr. Abou-Alfa also co-chairs the hepatobiliary cancers subgroup of the Alliance cooperative group, and is a cadre member of both the gastrointestinal cancers and pharmacogenomics and population pharmacology committees. Dr. Abou-Alfa who has lectured worldwide on the subject on gastrointestinal malignancies, is also a strong advocate for raising awareness and support for improving the outcome of patients with this disease, and enhancing oncologic education worldwide.