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Dr. Chawla is the Director of the Cancer Center of Southern California, a treatment and clinical research facility specializing in advanced cancer therapies. Dr. Chawla and his staff are internationally recognized for their innovative work and ability to help patients for whom standard treatments have proven ineffective. The Center has conducted innovative and ground-breaking clinical research in targeted gene therapy, intra-arterial chemotherapy, the role of oncogenes, the role of monoclonal antibodies in diagnosis and treatment and antiemetics.
Also on staff at the Center is Dr. Doris Quon, who received her M.D./PhD from UCLA, where she also completed her residency, and is board certified in oncology, hematology and internal medicine.
The physicians and staff at the Cancer Center have helped numerous patients with innovative, life-saving cancer treatments and combine commitment, passion and dedication in their efforts. The doctors are frequent presenters at international conferences, including ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology), and they have published or contributed to articles on cancer treatment for more than 100 research publications in leading national and international peer-reviewed journals.
Sant P. Chawla M.D., FRACP
Sant P. Chawla, M.D. holds medical licensures in both Texas and California, and he is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He is a pioneering physician whose work in sarcoma oncology has brought him several accolades and recognition as one of the world’s leading authorities in medical treatment and clinical research for bone and soft-tissue sarcomas and sarcoma therapy. Dr. Chawla heads the Sarcoma Oncology Center in Santa Monica, CA where he leads clinical cancer research efforts and conducted groundbreaking clinical research in pancreatic carcinoma, gynecologic tumors, breast cancer, glioblastoma, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, lung cancer and gastrointestinal tumors.
Dr. Chawla serves on the clinical faculty of numerous prestigious cancer centers, including UCLA, USC, John Wayne Cancer Institute at St. John’s Hospital; he has been an adjunct associate professor at Stanford University and is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and he is a medical oncologist at Cedars Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center. Over his 30 years of medical and clinical research experience, Dr. Chawla’s research has been a foundation for further breakthroughs in cancer treatment.
Dr. Chawla’s pioneering work in cancer research began in the 1980s when he contributed to breakthroughs in the treatment of young patients with osteosarcoma. He innovated limb-saving treatment for these young patients where amputation was previously the only option. Since that time, he has conducted over 60 clinical trials for cancer drugs now approved by the FDA and EMA, including carboplatin, trabectedin (Yondalis), pazopanib, eribulin, aprepitant and denosumab. Most recently, the Center completed a breakthrough Phase II trial for Aldoxorubicin (second line for soft tissue sarcomas). The groundbreaking research reported that patients treated with Aldoxorubicin had significantly increased progression-free and overall survival rates without any observed cardiotoxicity – unlike standard anthracyclines or doxorubicin.
Dr. Chawla received his medical degree and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. From there, he went on to the Auckland Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand to begin his specialty training in medical oncology. He also completed his fellowship in medical oncology in New Zealand, at the Fellow Royal Australasian College of Physicians (F.R.A.C.P.). Recognized for his outstanding academic accomplishments, he was invited to continue his fellowship in oncology at the prestigious M.D. Anderson Cancer Center of the University of Texas. In the last 60 years, M.D. Anderson has built an international reputation of excellence in cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention. M.D. Anderson is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the United States, making numerous and extraordinary research-based contributions that have benefited people everywhere. In this way, M.D. Anderson has established itself as the leader in innovative cancer therapy, and it is here that Dr. Chawla learned and enhanced his own understanding of the disease, preparing him for a pioneering career in the treatment of sarcomas.
Doris V. Quon, MD, PhD
Doris V. Quon, MD, PhD is board-certified in Hematology and Internal Medicine She obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunotherapy as well as her M.D. at the UCLA School of Medicine, and did her Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at Medical Center at UCLA. Dr. Quon first began at the Hemophilia Treatment Center at Orthopaedic Hospital in 2003 where, within a few years, she was appointed Associate Director, followed by the position of Director of the Hemophilia Treatment Center in 2009. Dr. Quon is the Associate Medical Director at the Sarcoma Oncology Center. She has an active role in coordinating the federally funded (Western States/Region IX) Hemophilia activities of the center and is the current Medical Director of the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California. Dr. Quon has published numerous papers and has been the Principal Investigator of clinical trial studies including hemophilia gene therapy, in addition to receiving numerous awards and honors including ASCO Young Investigator Award, AOA Medical Student Research Award and Alumni Association Graduate Student Distinguished Scholar Award.
Rekha Baby, MD
Dr. Rekha Baby is the Associate Director of Clinical Research and the Program Director of Research at Sarcoma Oncology. She is an accomplished Radiation Oncologist with 8+ years of experience in clinical practice and research. She studied at MSR Medical College in Bangalore, India, where she received her MD in Radiation Oncology, and then went on to work as a Consultant Radiation Oncologist at the Curie Center of Oncology, St. John’s Hospital in Bangalore, India. Her experience is focused in investigation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients using current practice guidelines and state of the art technology, along with long term follow up surveillance and monitoring for outcome. She has profound clinical research experience in Oncology, resulting in 5 publications, 1 book chapter, and 1 national poster presentation with publications in reputed journals such as International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics and several others. Before coming to Sarcoma Oncology Center, Dr. Baby worked as a Clinical Research Assistant at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, as well as a Clinical Assistant at Radiation Oncology Associates, Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia, where she held pivotal roles in assisting with patient care and organizing and managing patient data in the Radiation Oncology Department.
Katherine Kim, MD
Dr. Kim graduated from the University of Toronto in 2009, where she received B.Sc. Honors for her double major in Human Biology and Biology. She went on to complete her M.D. at Jagiellonian University Medical School, where she graduated in 2013. Dr. Kim was involved in oncologic research during medical school for 2.5 years, during which she completed her poster presentation, and was involved in gynecologic oncologic research for another 2 years at UCLA. She worked as Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)/Visiting Researcher for the UCLA Women’s Health Clinical Research Unit and coordinated multiple NCI clinical trials and did an independent research project with the gynecological oncology team and had her poster presentation done at ACOG. Now, she is excited to have joined the Sarcoma Oncology Center where she is currently working as Associate Director of Research and hopes to help out patients who seek clinical trials for their cancer care.
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