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Everett E. Vokes, MD

Everett E. Vokes, MD, is an internationally renowned expert in the treatment of head and neck cancer. He serves as the John E. Ultmann Professor of Medicine and Radiation Oncology and as the Physician-in-Chief, University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences.  Dr. Vokes is also the Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Vokes is known for his work in clinical and translational research involving head and neck cancer and lung cancer.  One particular focus is in the interaction between chemotherapy and radiation. Dr. Voke's work has shown that intense treatment combining radiation and chemotherapy can bring locally advanced head and neck cancer under control and improve survival. Another focus is identifying new active therapeutic agents to battle lung cancer, as well as better understanding the interaction of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

A recognized leader in oncology, Dr. Vokes has published more than 450 scientific papers, as well as numerous book chapters. He has served on a large number of advisory committees and review panels and has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Oncology, Clinical Lung Cancer, and Investigational New Drugs. Dr Vokes has also served as  the principal investigator of the University of Chicago's NCI funded Phase II network since 1994, and has served as chair of the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALBG) Respiratory Committee since 2004. Dr. Vokes is an elected member of the prestigious American Society of Clinical Investigation and American Association of Professors (AAP).