Dr. Elias is originally from Dunedin, Florida and received his initial medical training from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.  During his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Dr. Elias was selected to participate as a TARDIS fellow. Dr. Elias is currently working in the lab of Dr. James Brugarolas where his interests include immunotherapy in renal cell carcinoma. He is currently developing organoid models of RCC than maintain immune components, allowing for ex vivo interrogation of the cancer-immune interface. Dr. Elias’s interests outside of medicine include the outdoors, travel, hiking, and playing racquetball.

Research Interest

  • Cell-based Heatshock Protein (HSP) Cancer Vaccines
  • Ex-vivo Drug Sensitivity Assays to Guide Individualized Patient Treament
  • Immune-checkpoint Inhibition in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma (mRCC)
  • Minichromosomal Maintenance (MCM) DNA Helicase in Cancer
  • Novel Inhibitors to the Aurora A Kinase


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Renal Cell Carcinoma Pseudoprogression with Clinical Deterioration: To Hospice and Back.
Elias R, Kapur P, Pedrosa I, Brugarolas J, Clin Genitourin Cancer 2018 12 16 6 485-488
Developing a Predictive Model for Clinical Outcomes of Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Nivolumab.
Park W, Kwon D, Saravia D, Desai A, Vargas F, El Dinali M, Warsch J, Elias R, Chae YK, Kim DW, Warsch S, Ishkanian A, Ikpeazu C, Mudad R, Lopes G, Jahanzeb M, Clin Lung Cancer 2018 05 19 3 280-288.e4
Suppression of Reserve MCM Complexes Chemosensitizes to Gemcitabine and 5-Fluorouracil.
Bryant VL, Elias RM, McCarthy SM, Yeatman TJ, Alexandrow MG, Mol. Cancer Res. 2015 Sep 13 9 1296-305

Honors & Awards

  • TARDIS (Training Resident Doctors as Innovators in Science) Fellow
    UT Southwestern (2019)
  • Outstanding Fellow
    Texas Society of Clinical Oncology (2017)
  • School Service Award
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (2017)
  • American Institute of Chemists Award
    University of South Florida (2013)
  • Dean Martin Outstanding Academic Achievement
    University of South Florida (2013)
  • T.C. Owen Biochemistry Award
    University of South Florida (2013)
  • Michael Zaworotko Department Scholarship
    University of South Florida (2012)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Cancer Research (2019)
  • American Physician Scientist Association (2018)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (2018)
  • American College of Physicians (2015)
  • American Society of Hematology (2015)