2017 Young Investigator Award Recipient

Dr. Vikas DudejaVikas Dudeja, MD
University of Miami, Department of Surgery and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Proposal:  Evaluation of the Efficacy of Anti-Stromal Drug Pirfenidone in Combination with Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy against Pancreatic Cancer
This award was made possible by donors to The SSO Foundation.

Dr. Dudeja received his medical degree and initial surgical training at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India. After completing a research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Ashok Saluja, a renowned pancreas scientist, he went on to complete his general surgery residency at the University of Minnesota and completed a fellowship in Complex Surgical Oncology and Hepato-pancreatico-biliary Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. After his fellowship training, he joined a faculty position at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor, Masonic Cancer Center Scholar and Varco Surgeon Scientist until he was recruited to the University of Miami.

Dr Dudeja’s laboratory focuses on deciphering the biology of tumor microenvironment in pancreatic cancer and to devise strategies to modulate it for therapeutic gain. Elucidation of the mechanism and determinants of tumor recurrence is another key area studied in his laboratory. His laboratory is funded by the NIH and Department of Defense. In clinics, he specializes in surgery for tumors of the liver, pancreas and biliary system.