Suzanne L. Topalian, MD
Professor of Surgery and Oncology; Director
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Melanoma Program, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dr. Topalian is a physician-scientist whose research focuses on cancer immunology and immunotherapy. She received a B.A. in English from Wellesley College and a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, after which she completed a residency in general surgery at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Following a 21-year tenure in the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute, NIH, first as a research fellow and subsequently as a Senior Investigator, Dr. Topalian joined the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty in 2006 to direct the Melanoma Program in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Topalian has published over 100 original research articles and reviews on cancer immunology. She is internationally recognized for this work, which has provided a foundation for the translational development of immunotherapies for melanoma and other cancers, including cancer vaccines, adoptive T cell transfer, and immunomodulatory monoclonal antibodies. These efforts have opened new avenues of scientific interest and clinical investigation in cancer therapeutics.