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Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer CenterVanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center


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Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D.

H. William Scott, Jr. Professor of Surgery
Director, Surgical Oncology Research
Professor of Cancer Biology
VICC Member
Cancer Geneticist; Molecular Biologist

Contact Information:

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1255 MRB IV (Light Hall), 2215B Garland Ave.
Nashville , TN 37232-0575
Fax: 615-322 7852


Dr. El-Rifai has a long-standing interest in understanding the modulation of molecular pathways through genetic and epigenetic events. His research is focused on upper gastrointestinal carcinomas (UGCs) with two main goals:

1. Translational OncoGenomics in upper gastrointestinal carcinomas

2. Cellular effects and signaling transduction in UGCs


MD : 1986 (General Medicine)
M.Sc.: 1991 (Human Genetics)
DM : 1993 (Pediatric Genetics)
Ph.D. : 1996 (Cancer Genetics)