Bassel El-Rayes, MD

Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Hematology & Medical Oncology

Emory University School of Medicine

John Kauffman Family Professor for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Associate Director for Clinical Research

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Director of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

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Dr. Bassel El-Rayes received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB). He subsequently joined the internal medicine residency program at Wayne State University. After completion of the residency, he joined the hematology oncology fellowship program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University. He then joined faculty as an Assistant Professor in the area of GI oncology. During this time, he was involved in translational research focused on pancreatic cancer. Dr. El-Rayes joined Emory University in September 2009 as the director of the GI Oncology program.

Dr. El-Rayes is designated as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar by the Georgia Cancer Coalition. In 2016, he was selected to hold the John Kauffman Family Professorship for Pancreatic Cancer Research which supports an outstanding leader in the field of pancreatic cancer research and assists with the further development of Winship's gastrointestinal (GI) cancer efforts. He is also member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

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Dr. El-Rayes is focused on translational research in GI malignancies. His area of interest is the development of new therapies for GI malignancies. His laboratory focus is on targeting cellular signaling pathways and how this can be used to activate chemotherapy and radiation. In the clinical research, Dr. El-Rayes is focused on the evaluation of novel treatments in patients with early stage or advanced cancer.


Dr. El-Rayes is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association and Clinical Cancer Research. He serves on the editorial board of Cancer.

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