Biography for Dr. James Brugarolas

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Medical oncologist James Brugarolas, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with appointments in both the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Department of Developmental Biology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is a Virginia Murchison Linthicum Endowed Scholar in Medical Research.

A physician-scientist specializing in renal oncology, Dr. Brugarolas leads the Kidney Cancer Program at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he also serves as Co-Leader of the Cancer Cell Networks Program and runs the the Renal Cell Carcinoma Tumor Board.

Dr. Brugarolas joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2006 with the goal of creating a comprehensive, dedicated renal oncology program. Today’s program, which comprises some 40 investigators, is closely integrated with the robust Brugarolas Laboratory.

He serves as an investigator on several clinical trials.

Dr. Brugarolas received his medical degree from Spain’s Universidad de Navarra before earning a doctoral degree in biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a medical oncology fellowship at a combined program of Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

An active national and international speaker, Dr. Brugarolas is a member of professional organizations that include the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association for Cancer Research, and American Society for Clinical Investigation.

He has authored groundbreaking research and has published in premier journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Cancer Cell, Nature Genetics, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Brugarolas is also active in a wide variety of grant-review and teaching activities, including serving as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the U.S. Army Medical Research Command.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

  • American Society for Clinical Investigation (2013)
  • American Association for Cancer Research (2006)
  • American Society for Advancement of Science (2006)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (2006)
  • MIT chapter of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society of North America (1998)

Honors and Awards

  • Elected Member
    American Society for Clinical Investigation (2013)
  • Individual Investigator Research Award
    Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (2010)
  • Research Scholar
    American Cancer Society (2008)
  • Basil O'Connor Research Award
    March of Dimes (2007)
  • Clinical Scientist Development Award
    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (2007)
  • V Scholar Award
    The V Foundation for Cancer Research (2007)
  • Virginia Murchison Linthicum Endowed Scholar in Medical Research
    UT Southwestern Medical School (2006)
  • Young Investigator Award
    Department of Medicine, Brigham and WomenÂ’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School (2004)
  • Claudia Adams Barr Award for Innovative Basic Cancer Research
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2003)