Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD

Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center, Yale School of Medicine, Smilow Cancer Hospital, New Haven, CT, USA

Dr. Herbst is Ensign Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacology, Chief of Medical Oncology, Director of the Thoracic Oncology Research Program, and Associate Director for Translational Research at Yale Cancer Center (YCC) and Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

He has led phase I development of several new-generation targeted and immunogenic gents for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), including gefitinib, erlotinib, cetuximab, and bevacizumab. More recently, he participated in the successful registration of pembrolizumab and atezolixumab for the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer. He was co-leader of BATTLE-1 and BATTLE-2 lung personalized medicine clinical trials program. He served as co-leader of the Developmental Therapeutics Program for the YCC Support Grant. Herbst’s laboratory work focuses on immunotherapy angiogenesis, EGFR/VEGFR inhibition in NSCLC and targeting KRAS-activated pathways. This work has been translated from preclinical to clinical settings in multiple Phase II and III studies.

Herbst has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters. His work has appeared in many prominent journals, such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research, Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Work published in Nature was awarded the 2015 Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award by the Clinical Research Forum.

Herbst was a member of the National Cancer Policy Forum, for which he organized an IOM meeting focused on policy issues in personalized medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research, where he chairs the Tobacco Task Force, as well as the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and an elected member of the Association of American Physicians. He is vice chair for developmental therapeutics for Southwestern Oncology Group’s (SWOG) Lung Committee, principal investigator of the SWOG 0819 trial, and steering committee chair for the Lung Master Protocol. In 2015, his team at Yale was awarded a lung cancer SPORE by the NCI, and he serves as a principal investigator for the AACR/ Stand Up to Cancer Dream Team grant.

For his lifetime achievement in scientific contributions to thoracic cancer research, Herbst was awarded the 2016 Paul A. Bunn, Jr. Scientific Award by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer at IASLC 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Vienna, Austria.

Terms of Appointment: Aug 2018 - Jul 2020