UC Davis names new thoracic oncology program director

Sacramento, Calif.-based UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has named Jonathan Riess, MD, the new medical director of its thoracic oncology program, the system said Dec. 15.

"I am pleased to appoint Dr. Riess to lead what has become the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in Northern California," said UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Primo Lara Jr., MD. "His expertise in thoracic oncology will bring novel clinical trials to our patients that incorporate targeted therapy and immunotherapy and will enhance our world class clinical care for people with thoracic malignancies." 

The thoracic oncology program provides clinical and research services, including prevention strategies, new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to thoracic cancers.

Dr. Riess replaces former director David Gandara, MD, who will soon be co-directing a new center in experimental cancer therapeutics.

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