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Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP)
Last Updated: 01/08/15

Richard Piekarz, MD, PhD

Medical Officer

Dr. Piekarz is a Medical Officer in the Investigational Therapeutics 3 Section of the Investigational Drug Branch of CTEP. Dr. Piekarz is a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he received a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology in addition to an MD. He did his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. Dr. Piekarz served as a Medical Oncology Fellow and then Senior Fellow at the NCI-Navy Medical Oncology program where he also served as a Staff Clinician prior to joining IDB. He is also a Preceptor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) Department of Pharmacology. Dr. Piekarz background includes the development of the HDAC inhibitors. This included demonstration of their efficacy in patients with T-cell lymphoma, conduction of a thorough analysis of its cardiac effects, and laboratory work to define their molecular effects and potential mechanisms of resistance.

Dr. Piekarz’s portfolio includes epigenetic modulating agents as well as certain other novel antitumor agents.

Contact Information:
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Dr., MSC 9739
For USPS: Bethesda, MD 20892-9739
For Express and Courier: Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240-276-6565
Fax: 240-276-7894
E-mail: rpiekarz@nih.gov

About the Branch Chief

James Zwiebel, MD James Zwiebel received the MD degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency training in internal medicine. Following a clinical fellowship in hematology and oncology at the George Washington University Medical Center and research fellowships at both the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, he continued his laboratory work on cancer gene therapy as a member of the faculty at Lombardi Cancer Center of the Georgetown University Medical Center, where he also practiced hematology and oncology. More…