Larry Kwak, M.D., Ph. D.
Vice President and Cancer Center Associate Director
Director, Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center
Dr. Michael Friedman Professor in Translational Medicine
Medical Oncology, City of Hope
Larry W. Kwak, M.D. is a world-renowned physician and scientist who has pioneered breakthrough innovations in immunology and cancer vaccines. He joined City of Hope in April 2015 following a decade of leadership in lymphoma and myeloma research and treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010, Dr. Kwak is the Director for Developmental Therapeutics and Transitional Translational Research, Director of the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center with in the Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute and is endowed with the title of the Dr. Michael Friedman Professor in Translational Medicine.
Passionate about harnessing the body’s immune system to battle cancer, Dr. Kwak’s interest in the field was sparked by a high school mentor and has continued for nearly three decades. He takes special pride in his ability to rapidly translate basic research into human clinical trials, making him an ideal fit for the City of Hope environment.