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William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Marion I. Knott Professor of Oncology
Professor of Urology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Pathology, Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Director, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Dr. Nelson is the Marion I. Knott professor of Oncology and director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He serves as professor of Urology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Pathology, Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds a joint appointment in Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Nelson is recognized as a leader in translational cancer research. He directs a research laboratory focused on discovering new strategies for prostate cancer treatment and prevention. His laboratory has discovered the most common acquired genome defect in prostate cancer, from which new diagnostic tests and new drug discovery for disease treatment have been found.
Dr. Nelson earned his medical and doctorate trainings at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed residency training and fellowship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is board-certified in both medical oncology and internal medicine.
Dr. Ryan Vandrey is associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Vandrey is an internationally recognized expert on the effects and consequences of drug use, particularly with regards to cannabis (marijuana) and tobacco. He has co-written over 40 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on the topic of psychopharmacology.
Dr. Vandrey received his doctorate and master of arts in experimental psychology from the University of Vermont.
An associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Swartz specializes in mood disorders with a focus on women’s health. She directs the clinical programs of the Mood Disorders Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and co- founded the Women’s Mood Disorders Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Swartz also directs the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program, a school-based program to educate high school students, faculty and parents about teenage depression.
Dr. Swartz conducts research on psychiatric disorders among women in the general population.
Dr. Swartz received her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital along with a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.