Scott Kopetz, MD, PhD
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Elected 2019

Dr. Kopetz graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering/Electrical and received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He obtained his residency training in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, followed by a medical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Kopetz joined MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology. He subsequently completed a Ph.D. at MD Anderson in cancer biology with thesis focus on mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance in colorectal cancer. Dr. Kopetz is board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Medical Oncology. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles in respected scientific journals such as Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet, Cancer Research, Cancer, Clinical Cancer Research, Cancer Discovery, and JAMA, and is a senior editor for Clinical Cancer Research, and editorial board member on Journal of Clinical Oncology and JNCI. He is chair of the Colon Cancer Task Force of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Steering Committee and co-chair for colon cancer research in the NRG cooperative group. He is currently supported by three R01 grants and leads the Colorectal Cancer Moon Shot at MD Anderson. He is the principal investigator of several Phase I, II, and III clinical trials, including trials for patients with BRAF mutated colorectal cancer that has led to two new standards of care. His research interests include the biology of refractory colorectal cancer and the development of novel therapeutics for molecularly distinct subsets of colorectal cancer patients.