William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., is the Marion I. Knott director and professor of oncology and director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He earned his medical degree and Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He went on to pursue internal medicine residency training and medical oncology fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a professor of oncology, urology, pharmacology, medicine, pathology and radiation oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Nelson directs a translational research laboratory focused on discovering new strategies for prostate cancer treatment and prevention, and manages a clinical practice focused on developing these new treatment and prevention approaches in early "proof-of-principle" prostate clinical trials.
Dr. Nelson is a recognized leader in translational cancer research. He is one of three co-chairs of the National Cancer Institute Translational Research Working Group, which reported its findings to the National Cancer Advisory Board in June of 2007. He has served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of several companies focused on the development of new technologies and treatments for human cancer and is the president of the National Coalition for Cancer Research. He has served as a member of the American Association of Cancer Research's Board of Directors, and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.