Sarcoma Oncology Center Physicians
Dr. Chawla is the Director of the Sarcoma Oncology Center, a clinical research center in Southern California that treats cancer patients from around the world for whom standard treatments have proven ineffective. The Center has conducted innovative translational and clinical research in solid and soft tissue sarcomas, including targeted gene therapy for sarcomas; intra-arterial chemotherapy, Aldoxorubicin, trabectedin, immunotherapy, Rexin-G, the role of oncogenes, the role of monoclonal antibodies in diagnosis and treatment, and antiemetics.
Also on staff at the Center is Dr. Doris Quon, who received her M.D./PhD from UCLA, where she also completed her residency, and is board certified in oncology, hematology and internal medicine.
The physicians and staff at the Sarcoma Oncology Center have commitment, experience and passion for innovating life-saving cancer treatments. The doctors are all frequent presenters at international conferences, including ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology), CTOS (Connective Tissue Oncology Society), and SARC (Sarcoma Alliance for Research Through Collaboration). To date, Sarcoma Oncology Center physicians have published or contributed to 500-1000 articles research publications on cancer treatment in leading national and international peer-reviewed journals.
World Renowned Physicians at Sarcoma Oncology Center
Sant P. Chawla M.D., FRACP
Sant P. Chawla, M.D. holds medical licensures in both Texas and California, and he is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He is a pioneering physician whose work in sarcoma oncology has brought him several accolades and recognition as one of the world’s leading authorities in medical treatment and clinical research for bone and soft-tissue sarcomas and sarcoma therapy. Dr. Chawla heads the Sarcoma Oncology Center in Santa Monica, CA where he leads clinical cancer research efforts and conducted groundbreaking clinical research in pancreatic carcinoma, gynecologic tumors, breast cancer, glioblastoma, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, lung cancer and gastrointestinal tumors, and sarcoma immunotherapy.
Dr. Chawla serves on the clinical faculty of numerous prestigious cancer centers, including UCLA (University of Southern California, Los Angeles), USC (University of Southern California), John Wayne Cancer Institute at St. John’s Hospital; he was an adjunct associate professor at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and he is a medical oncologist at Cedars Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCLA, and USC. Over his 30 years of medical and clinical research experience, Dr. Chawla’s research has been a foundation for further breakthroughs in cancer treatment.
Dr. Chawla’s pioneering work in cancer research began in the 1980s when he contributed to breakthroughs in the treatment of young patients with osteosarcoma. He innovated limb-saving treatment for these young patients where amputation was previously the only option. Since that time, he has conducted over 100 clinical trials for cancer drugs, a number of which have been approved by the FDA and EMA. Most recently, the Center completed a breakthrough Phase I-III trials for Aldoxorubicin. The groundbreaking research reported that patients treated with Aldoxorubicin had significantly increased progression-free and overall survival rates without any observed cardiotoxicity.
Dr. Chawla received his medical degree and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. From there, he went on to the Auckland Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand to begin his specialty training in medical oncology. He also completed his fellowship in medical oncology in New Zealand, at the Fellow Royal Australasian College of Physicians (F.R.A.C.P.). Recognized for his outstanding academic accomplishments, he was invited to continue his fellowship in oncology at the prestigious M.D. Anderson Cancer Center of the University of Texas. In the last 60 years, M.D. Anderson has built an international reputation of excellence in cancer patient care, research, education, and prevention. M.D. Anderson is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the United States, making numerous and extraordinary research-based contributions that have benefited people everywhere. In this way, M.D. Anderson has established itself as the leader in innovative cancer therapy, and it is here that Dr. Chawla learned and enhanced his own understanding of the disease, preparing him for a pioneering career in the treatment of sarcomas.
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Doris V. Quon,MD,PhD
Doris V. Quon, MD, PhD is board-certified in Hematology and Internal Medicine She obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunotherapy as well as her M.D. at the UCLA School of Medicine, and did her Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at Medical Center at UCLA. Dr. Quon first began at the Hemophilia Treatment Center at Orthopaedic Hospital in 2003 where, within a few years, she was appointed Associate Director, followed by the position of Director of the Hemophilia Treatment Center in 2009. Dr. Quon is the Associate Medical Director at the Sarcoma Oncology Center. She has an active role in coordinating the federally funded (Western States/Region IX) Hemophilia activities of the center and is the current Medical Director of the Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California. Dr. Quon has published numerous papers and has been the Principal Investigator of clinical trial studies including hemophilia gene therapy, in addition to receiving numerous awards and honors including ASCO Young Investigator Award, AOA Medical Student Research Award and Alumni Association Graduate Student Distinguished Scholar Award.
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Erlinda Maria Gordon, M.D.
Erlinda Maria Gordon, M.D., is an experienced Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist, cancer drug developer, biopharmaceutical founder and executive with a proven track record in translational biomedical research, patient care and cancer drug development.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Dr. Gordon was a Tenured Associate Professor for 24 years and is a Professor Emeritus at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California. She is co-inventor of more than 150 patents in biomedical research, and patented the first targeted gene delivery system for cancer in the USA, Europe and the Philippines. She has authored more than 100 original peer-reviewed articles and served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Director of the Red Cell Defects Program and the NIH-funded Comprehensive Hemophilia Center at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and the NIH-funded Children’s Oncology Group. Dr. Gordon was co-founder of two biotechnology companies and is a pioneer in the development of targeted gene therapy products. In her position as FDA liaison for these companies, Dr. Gordon gained FDA orphan drug approval and fast track designation for pancreatic cancer, soft tissue sarcoma and osteosarcoma and accelerated approval for Rexin-G, the world’s first targeted genetic medicine for cancer. At USC, Dr. Gordon licensed the First Academic Vector Production Unit at the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, served as its first Medical Director for eight years, and was the Gene Therapy Sponsor for clinical protocols using Targeted Genetic Medicines for Cancer. Dr. Gordon was recipient of the Los Angeles Award for Excellence in Biotechnology Research, the National Institutes of Health Research Career Development Award and NIH/FDA funded grant awards.
Currently, Dr. Gordon serves as the Director of Biological and Immunological Therapies and the Chairman of the NIH-approved Institutional Biosafety Committee at the Sarcoma Oncology Center in Santa Monica, California.
A native of the Philippines and an alumna of the University of Santo Tomas Medical College of Medicine and Surgery, where she received her medical degree, Dr. Gordon is nominee for the prestigious Thomas Award for Excellence in Research to be awarded in 2016.
Rekha Baby, MD
Dr. Rekha Baby is the Associate Director of Clinical Research and the Program Director of Research at Sarcoma Oncology. She is an accomplished Radiation Oncologist with 8+ years of experience in clinical practice and research. She studied at MSR Medical College in Bangalore, India, where she received her MD in Radiation Oncology, and then went on to work as a Consultant Radiation Oncologist at the Curie Center of Oncology, St. John’s Hospital in Bangalore, India. Her experience is focused in investigation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients using current practice guidelines and state of the art technology, along with long term follow up surveillance and monitoring for outcome. She has profound clinical research experience in Oncology, resulting in 5 publications, 1 book chapter, and 1 national poster presentation with publications in reputed journals such as International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics and several others. Before coming to Sarcoma Oncology Center, Dr. Baby worked as a Clinical Research Assistant at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, as well as a Clinical Assistant at Radiation Oncology Associates, Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia, where she held pivotal roles in assisting with patient care and organizing and managing patient data in the Radiation Oncology Department.
Katherine Kim, MD
Dr. Kim graduated from the University of Toronto in 2009, where she received B.Sc. Honors for her double major in Human Biology and Biology. She went on to complete her M.D. at Jagiellonian University Medical School, where she graduated in 2013. Dr. Kim was involved in oncologic research during medical school for 2.5 years, during which she completed her poster presentation, and was involved in gynecologic oncologic research for another 2 years at UCLA. She worked as Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC)/Visiting Researcher for the UCLA Women’s Health Clinical Research Unit and coordinated multiple NCI clinical trials and did an independent research project with the gynecological oncology team and had her poster presentation done at ACOG. Now, she is excited to have joined the Sarcoma Oncology Center where she is currently working as Associate Director of Research and hopes to help out patients who seek clinical trials for their cancer care.
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