Heinz-Josef Lenz, M.D., FACP, is professor of medicine and professor of preventive medicine, holds the Kathryn Balakrishnan chair for cancer research, and is associate director, clinical research, co-chair of GI Oncology, co-director USC Center for Molecular Pathways and Drug Discover at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Lenz received his medical degree from Johannes-Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany, and went on to complete a residency in hematology and oncology at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, before completing clerkships in oncology and hematology at George Washington University and the Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard Medical School, respectively. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the USC Keck School of Medicine.
Dr. Lenz’s research focus is in the identification of biomarkers in GI cancers, early drug development and novel clinical trials. He is co-chair of SWOG GI Committee, co-chair SWOG GI Translational Medicine and member of the NCI GI Steering Committee and NCI Gastroesophageal Task Force and NCI Correlative Science Committee. He is the principal investigator for R01, U01, U10, and USC PI for N01.