Dr. John V. Heymach is the Chair of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology and a Professor in the Departments of Thoracic Head and Neck Medical Oncology and Cancer Biology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Heymach joined the faculty in 2005 as an Assistant Professor, with a joint appointment in Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology and Cancer Biology. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and Professor in 2013. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and both his MD and PhD from Stanford University Medical School in California. He then completed his Internship and Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his fellowship in Medical Oncology at Dana Farber Hospital. During his fellowship, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Judah Folkman with clinical mentorship under Dr. Bruce Johnson.
As a physician-scientist, his research focuses on investigating mechanisms of therapeutic resistance to targeted agents, understanding the regulation of angiogenesis in lung cancer, and the development of biomarkers for selecting patients most likely to benefit from targeted agents. He has led a number of Phase I/II clinical trials testing novel targeted therapies in NSCLC.
Dr. Heymach serves as a project co-leader on the Lung Cancer SPORE and is the PI on an NCI R01 award, a V Foundation Translational Research Award, and site leader on a SU2C award. He also serves as leader of the Lung Cancer Program of the Cancer Center Support Grant and co-leads the MD Anderson Lung Cancer Moon Shot. He is a past recipient of the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award, an ASCO Career Development Award, the Wilson Stone Award for Basic Science Research, and the Emil J. Frei Award for Translational Research. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2013.