Anil K. Rustgi, MD

Anil K. Rustgi, MD

Columbia University

Goals for the AACR

The AACR is home to diverse constituencies in research, clinical care, implementation science, and policy. It is vital for that diversity to be the face of the AACR in pursuing transformational directions in basic/translational research, clinical trials, innovative clinical care, population and implementation science, and impact on science and health policy. I will work diligently to advance the AACR vision and mission in fostering interdisciplinary approaches to the opportunities at hand and balance cancer research and cancer care in the U.S. and worldwide. It is also vital to integrate diversity and inclusion as well as the promotion of the next generation of leaders in the cancer field.

Research Interests

Molecular pathogenesis (basic, translational) of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers (colon, pancreatic, esophageal); prevention and early detection of GI cancers.

Current Affiliations

Irving Professor of Medicine and Director, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center; Associate Dean of Oncology, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; Chief, Cancer Sciences, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, New York.

Previous Positions

T. Grier Miller Professor of Medicine and Genetics (2002-2019); Chief of Gastroenterology (1998-2019); T. Grier Miller Associate Professor of Medicine and Genetics (1998-2002), University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Director, Digestive Diseases and Liver Clinical Center, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (1998-2019), Philadelphia, PA; Associate Professor of Medicine (1998), Assistant Professor of Medicine (1992-1998), and Instructor of Medicine (1990-1992), Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician (1998), Assistant Physician (1994-1998), Assistant in Medicine (1991-1994), and Clinical Assistant in Medicine (1990-1991), Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Postdoctoral Training

Clinical and Research Fellow in Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School (1987-1990), Boston, Massachusetts; Chief Medical Resident (1987), Medical Resident (1985-1987), and Medical Internship (1984-1985), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Selected AACR Service, Honors, and Awards

Chair, Regional Advisory Committee (India), International Affairs Committee (2019-present); Cochair, Annual Meeting Program Committee (2018-2019); Cochair, Special Conference, “Intestinal Stem Cells and Colon Cancer: Biology to Therapy” (2018); Chair, Debbie’s Dream Foundation-AACR Gastric Cancer Research Grants Scientific Review Committee (2016-2017); Member, Foundation Board of Trustees (2015-present); Member, International Affairs Committee (2015-2018, 2010-2013); Chair (2014-2015) and Member (2017, 2012-2014), Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Awards Committee; Member, Science Education Committee (2014-2017); Cochair (2014-2015) and Member (2013-2014, 2009-2011), AACR Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Awards Committee; Chair, Caring for Carcinoid Foundation-AACR Grant for Carcinoid Tumor and Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Scientific Review Committee (2012-2014); Member, Continuing Medical Education Committee (2010-2012); Chair, Tellers Committee (2009).

Selected Non-AACR Service, Honors, and Awards

Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine (2019); Elected Member, American Clinical and Climatological Association (2017); Recipient, Julius Friedenwald Medal, Highest Honor of the American Gastroenterological Association (2017); Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2017); Recipient, American Gastroenterological Association Distinguished Mentorship Award (2016); President (2019-2020) and Councilor (2015-2019), American Pancreas Association; Recipient, The Ruth C. Brufsky Award for Excellence in Research in Pancreatic Cancer (2013); Past President (2013-2014), President (2013-2014), President-Elect (2012-2013), and Vice President (2011-2012), American Gastroenterological Association; President, International Society of GI Cancers (2012-2013); Recipient, Distinguished Mentor Award, University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (2012); Appointee, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council (2009-2013); Elected Member, American Association of Physicians (2007).


MD, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina (1984); BS, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (1980).