Department of Medicine Grand Rounds - Dr. Lawrence Fong

Cancer Immunotherapy: A New Era in Hematology/Oncology

Speaker: Lawrence Fong, MD

Lawrence Fong, M.D. is Efim Guzik Distinguished Professor in Cancer Biology and leads the Cancer Immunotherapy Program at UCSF.  He also co-directs the Parker Institute of Cancer Immunotherapy at UCSF and co-leads the Cancer Immunity Program in the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He is a physician-scientist in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology directing both a translational research program and an NIH funded research lab. He has focused on cancer immunotherapy for over 20 years and has been involved in both pre-clinical and clinical studies of FDA-approved immunotherapies including sipuleucel-T and immune checkpoint inhibitors. Dr. Fong’s research focuses on understanding the ways by which immunotherapies can lead clinical responses and well as treatment-induced side effects. This work includes tracking antigen-specific T cell responses in treated cancer patients and developing biomarkers that are associated with clinical outcomes. The Cancer Immunotherapy Program that he directs performs early phase and high risk clinical trials across different disease indications. This program also includes a translational laboratory that performs mechanistic studies on samples derived from patients undergoing treatment. 

Dr. Fong obtained his BA from Columbia and MD from Stanford.  He completed internal medicine training at University of Washington, and oncology fellowship and post-doctoral training at Stanford in 2002.  He then moved to UCSF as an assistant professor where he is now a full professor. He is an elected member of Alpha Omega Alpha and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.  He has served on multiple NIH study sections and committees including the NCI Investigational Drug Steering Committee (IDSC) and Genitourinary Cancers Steering Committee (GUSC). He has also served on multiple scientific advisory boards and journal editorial boards including the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Cancer Immunology Research.

To access MGR live streams and current semester recordings, please visit ETS here: DOM Medical Grand Rounds.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Parnassus Campus, HSW-300 513 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143

Event Type

Grand Rounds


School of Medicine


Students, Faculty, Local Community, Alumni



Department of Medicine