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    David J. Kwiatkowski, MD, PhD

    David J. Kwiatkowski, MD, PhD

    Senior Physician

    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


    Thoracic Oncology

    Office phone: 617-355-9005
    Appointment phone: 877-332-4294
    Fax: 617-355-9016
    Email: dkwiatkowski@partners.org

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    Medical Oncology

    Research Department

    Medical Oncology


    Lung cancer, Mutational analysis and targeted therapy in lung cancer, Targeted therapy in mesothelioma

    Brigham and Women's Hospital
    75 Francis Street
    Boston, MA 02215


    David Kwiatkowski is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Senior Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He earned a BSc from Caltech and a PhD from MIT, both in Mathematics. He received his MD degree from Columbia University, and received the Janeway Prize at graduation for the highest achievement and abilities in the graduating medical class. He pursued Internal Medicine and then Hematology-Oncology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and remained at MGH until 1991 when he moved to BWH/DFCI.  Dr. Kwiatkowski has specialized in thoracic oncology, and has broad interests in all types of thoracic malignancies, including lung cancer, thymic cancer, and mesothelioma.  He is a self-trained human and cancer geneticist, and has been the leader of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Cancer Genetics program since 2007.  He is an Associate Member of the Broad Institute, and an active participant in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), working on multiple cancer types and programs.  His current patient research interests are: personalized/targeted treatment of cancers according to their mutations, targeting the mTOR pathway in cancer, and mesothelioma therapeutic development and treatment.  He has a much deeper familiarity with mesothelioma than the average thoracic oncologist, and sees many patients on referral from around the country.


    Board Certification
    Medical Oncology, 1985
    Internal Medicine, 1982

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Hematology & Oncology, 1984

    Massachusetts General Hospital, Internal Medicine, 1982

    Massachusetts General Hospital, 1979-1980

    Medical School
    Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, 1979

    Graduate School
    MIT, 1972-1975


    Recent Awards

    • The LAM Foundation Scientific Advancement Award, 2013
    • Harvard Medical School Excellence in Tutoring Award, 2010, 2011, 2010, 2011
    • NIH NINDS Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, 2007
    • Program Leader, Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center Cancer Genetics Program, 2007
    • Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Physician, BWH, DFCI, 2004
    • Manuel R. Gomez Award of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, 2000