Neeraj Agarwal, MD, a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah, has received the 2014 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This highly competitive award recognizes exceptional cancer investigators for contributions to advancing clinical research through collaborative team science.
Only 12 physicians nationwide received the $100,000 awards to support their clinical research leadership efforts over a 2-year period. Dr. Agarwal’s research focuses on clinical trials in advanced prostate cancer and other urologic cancers.
As Associate Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Clinical Trials Office, Dr. Agarwal facilitates development of innovative clinical trial protocols. The award will allow him to dedicate more time to mentoring junior faculty, fellows, and residents in both research and career development, as well as providing clinical trial education for faculty and community clinicians.
Dr. Agarwal will continue active participation in SWOG, one of the four national adult cancer research groups in the NCI-funded National Clinical Trial Network, and in his own investigator-initiated clinical trials.
Agarwal received his medical degree from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Iowa. He then completed a hematology-oncology fellowship at Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Currently, he directs Huntsman Cancer Institute’s genitourinary medical oncology program and coleads the urologic oncology multidisciplinary program. ■