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Meet Our Medical Oncology Team
About the Division
The Division of Medical Oncology is comprised of these sections: Gastrointestinal Malignancies headed by Dr. Heinz Josef Lenz; Genitourinary Malignancies headed by Dr. David Quinn, Solid Tumors headed by Dr. Barbara Gitlitz, and Women’s Malignancies headed by Dr. Debu Tripathy. The Division is productive and successful with strengths in undergraduate and postgraduate training, patient care and clinical practice, peer-reviewed research, administration and hospital, university and community service.
The Division is responsible for multiple clinical services at LAC+USC Medical Center, USC/Norris Cancer Hospital and at the USC University Hospital. At the LAC+USC Medical Center, the Division is responsible for an inpatient consult services for patients with solid tumors housed in the new Inpatient Tower. Outpatients are seen in three half-day clinics. Chemotherapy, biotherapy and blood product administration occurs in the Infusion Center in Outpatient Department.
At USC/Norris Cancer Hospital, the Division is responsible for a busy inpatient services in solid tumors. Cancer patients are seen in consult only at the USC University Hospital.
The Division is experiencing increases in new outpatient visits, admissions and clinical efficiency (reduced length of stay) at the USC/Norris Cancer Hospital and LAC+USC Medical Center. At the same time, a substantial number of cases are placed into peer-reviewed clinical trials with accompanying translational research protocols, thus bringing innovative treatment strategies and therapeutic reagents to patients.
Along with investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we have been awarded a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Training Grant, which provides resources for the education and training of post-doctoral fellows in translational research in the fields of hematology and oncology. Our research programs accounted for substantial funding from the NIH and other peer-reviewed grant support, as well as industry-funded studies. Our faculty and fellows published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature. Finally, members of the Division have participated in intramural undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities, as well as lecturing in numerous international forums in Europe and Asia.