Taking care of patients in their time of need is an incredible privilege. As a first-generation immigrant and the first physician in my family, I have overcome a multitude of challenges to complete my medical and scientific training. This perseverance is only matched by my love for medicine and for taking care of patients. It is my core belief that a physician needs to treat the patient as a whole person, with their own specific circumstances and individual challenges. With this philosophy, I try to approach each patient with an open mind to help them cope with their illness and navigate their specific treatment. This approach helped me cultivate an intimate understanding of the barriers to care that my patients may face. I believe that knowledge is power; therefore, in each patient interaction I try to educate my patient about their disease and how to care for themselves. With this understanding, I believe patients become better advocates for themselves.
Specialties and Expertise
- Gastrointestinal Oncology
Alana Nguyen, MD PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Nguyen received her MD from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and herPhD from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She went on to complete her postgraduate medical training in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. After her residency, she entered fellowship training in Medical Oncology at Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian Hospital in the Physician-Scientist Pathway.
Dr. Nguyen sees patients with malignancies of the digestive tract in her clinical practice.
In addition, her research focuses on drug development based on biological understanding of therapy resistance. She received a Women Who Conquer Cancer Award from the American Society for Clinical Oncology and its Conquer Cancer Foundation for her work on a 3-dimensional culture model of patient tumors to predict for patients’ response to chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Using this innovative model, her current research will focus on understanding the tumor microenvironment of pancreatic cancer, and how this tumor microenvironment participates in drug evasion.
Clinical and Academic Positions
- Assistant Attending Physician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
- Assistant Professor of Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education and Training
- M.D., Boston University School of Medicine, 2016
- Ph.D., McGill University (Canada), 2012
- Bs.C., Queen's University (Canada), 2004
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