As one of only 52 other cancer centers in the country to achieve comprehensive designation from the National Cancer Institute, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is recognized for its high standards and achievements in cancer research, clinical care, outreach and education. Following is our leadership team:


Primo N. Lara, Jr., M.D. © UC Regents

Primo N. Lara, Jr., M.D.
Executive Associate Dean, Cancer Programs
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

Deputy Director

John D. McPherson © UC Regents

John D. McPherson, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine


Richard Bold, M.D. © UC Regents

Richard Bold, M.D.
Professor, Department of Surgery
Medical Director, Cancer Care Network

Associate Directors and Cancer Center Support Grant Leaders

Luis Carvajal-Carmona  © UC Regents

Luis Carvajal-Carmona, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Basic Science
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Chief Diversity Officer
Director, Center for Advancing Cancer Health Equity

Moon S. Chen, Jr., Ph.D. © UC Regents

Moon S. Chen, Jr., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement

Helen Chew, MD© UC Regents

Helen Chew, M.D.
Director, Protocol Review and Monitoring System
Director, Clinical Breast Cancer Program
Professor of Medicine

Megan Daly, M.D.

Megan Daly, M.D.
Associate Director, Clinical Research
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Gina Dayton © UC Regents

Gina Dayton, M.P.A.
Chief Administration Officer
Associate Director, Administration

Shehnaz Hussain, Ph.D., Sc.M. © UC Regents

Shehnaz Hussain, Ph.D., Sc.M.
Associate Director, Population Sciences

Kent Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D. © UC Regents

Kent Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Director, Shared Resources
Professor, Department of Surgery
Director, UC Davis Mouse Biology Program

Gabriela G. Loots, Ph.D.

Gabriela G. Loots, Ph.D.
Senior Liaison to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry
and Molecular Medicine

Fred Meyers

Frederick Meyers, M.D.
Associate Director for Education, Training and Career Development
Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Oncology
and Hematology

Nicholas Mitsiades, M.D., Ph.D.  © UC Regents

Nicholas Mitsiades, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Tranlational Officer, Associate Director, Translational Research
Professor of Medicine

Xiao-Jing Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Xiao-Jing Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer, Associate Director for Basic Science
Robert E. Stowell Endowed Chair in Experimental Pathology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Other Cancer Center Leaders

Robert J. Canter, M.D.

Robert Canter, M.D.
Professor and Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology

Edward Jae-Hoon Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

Edward Kim, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Director, Office of Clinical Research

Kit Lam, M.D., Ph.D. © UC Regents

Kit Lam, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Gary Leiserowitz © UC Regents

Gary Leiserowitz, M.D.
Professor, Gynecologic Oncology
Director, Surgical Services, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Marcio Malogolowkin, M.D. © UC Regents

Marcio Malogolowkin, M.D.
Professor and Chief, Division of Pediatric Oncology

Carla Martin

Carla Martin, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.L., C.I.C.
Interim Executive Director, Oncology Services

Kristin Mensonides

Kristin Mensonides, M.H.A., M.L.S., F.A.C.H.E.
Executive Director, UC Davis Health Service Lines, Cancer Care Network and Regional Affiliations

 Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D. © UC Regents

Diana Miglioretti, Ph.D.
Division Chief, Biostatistics
Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences

Jonathan Riess, M.D., M.S. Jonathan Wesley Riess, M.D., M.S.

Jonathan Riess, M.D., M.S.
Medical Director, Thoracic Oncology Program

Richard Valicenti, M.D. © UC Regents

Richard Valicenti, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology

Stephanie Winn © UC Regents

Stephanie Winn
Senior Public Information Officer

Ted Wun, M.D. © UC Regents

Ted Wun, M.D.
Chief, Division of Hematology and Oncology
Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine
Director of the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center

Senior Advisors to the Director

Simon R. Cherry, Ph.D.  © UC Regents

Simon R. Cherry, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor for Biomedical Engineering
Distinguished Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Ralph de Vere White

Ralph de Vere White, M.D.
Senior Advisor Emeritus
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Urology

David R. Gandara, M.D. © UC Regents

David R. Gandara, M.D.
Senior Advisor for Experimental Therapeutics
Director, Thoracic Oncology Program
Professor Emeritus, Department of Internal Medicine