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Last Updated: 06/14/17

Fernanda Arnaldez, MD

Fernanda Arnaldez

Medical Officer

Fernanda Arnaldez, MD, joined the Investigational Drug Branch, CTEP, in 2017 as a Medical Officer in the Investigational Therapeutics 1 Section where she develops clinical trials within the CTEP portfolio.

Her background includes oncology research in government, industry and academia. She graduated with high honors from University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed residency training at Ricardo Gutierrez Children's Hospital in Buenos Aires, where she served as Chief Pediatric Resident and ad-honorem attending physician. She came to the US in 2005, where she pursued further training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Arnaldez joined the Johns Hopkins University/NCI Pediatric Oncology Training Program in 2008 and served there as Chief Clinical Fellow in 2011; at the same time, she was pursuing post-doctoral training in the Molecular Oncology Section led by Dr. Lee Helman. She specialized in Solid Tumor Oncology and became Assistant Clinical Investigator and a Sarcoma Team Member at the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) in 2012. In her laboratory, she led multidisciplinary preclinical drug discovery efforts in pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma, osteosarcoma, and Ewing sarcoma. Dr. Arnaldez then joined Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, where she was a Global Clinical Leader in Oncology.

She returned to CCR as an Associate Research Physician in 2016, where she continues to lead, concomitantly with her IDB position, multidisciplinary efforts to develop innovative therapeutic modalities for patients with rare malignancies and pediatric solid tumors. She is also the director of the Wild-Type Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor clinic at NCI.

Dr. Arnaldez also earned a type of MBA tailored for Pharma in 2015 from Rutgers University.

She is a member of several of several pediatric medical societies, as well as ASCO and AACR. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Brigid Leventhal Special Merit Award (ASCO), the Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award, and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Young Investigator Award.

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

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…