Vincent T DeVita, Jr, MD

Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Departments & Organizations

Cancer Center, Yale: Developmental Therapeutics

Internal Medicine: Medical Oncology: Subset Medical Oncology Faculty

Office of Student Research

School of Public Health

Biography

Dr. Vincent DeVita, the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine at the Yale Cancer Center and Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, was the Director of the Yale Cancer Center from 1993 to 2003. He spent the early part of his career at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and in 1980, the President of the United States appointed him director of the NCI and the National Cancer Program, a position he held until 1988. From 1988 until be returned to Yale in 1993, he was Physician-in-Chief and Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a member of the Program of Molecular Pharmacology. Dr. DeVita has earned international recognition for his accomplishments as a pioneer in the field of Oncology. While at the NCI, he was instrumental in developing combination chemotherapy programs that ultimately led to an effective regimen of curative chemotherapy for Hodgkin's disease and diffuse large cell lymphomas. Along with colleagues at the NCI, he developed the four-drug combination, known by the acronym MOPP, which increased the cure rate for patients with advanced Hodgkin's disease from nearly zero to over 70%. In addition, in collaboration with Dr. George Canellos, he developed the combination chemotherapy CMF, which still remains a useful therapy for breast cancer. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in 1957. He was awarded his M.D. degree with distinction from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1961. Dr. DeVita currently serves on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals and is the author or co-author of more than 450 scientific articles. He is one of the three editors of "Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology" and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Cancer Journal and Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology.

Education & Training

MD George Washington University (1961)
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellow National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health
Senior Resident George Washington U, DC General Hospital
Resident Intern Univeristy of Michigan Medical Center

Honors & Recognition

  • Fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research (FAACR)AACR (2014)

  • Honorary Life MemberAmerican Cancer Society (2013)

  • Giants of Cancer Care 2013OncLive (2013)

  • President American Cancer SocietyACS (2012)

  • Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO)ASCO (2012)

  • Awarded Honoris Causa in Medicine Degree National University of Athens, Greece (2009)

  • Distinguished Medical Science Award Friends of the National Library of Medicine, Washington DC (2009)

  • FREDDIE Award, a Public Service Award.International Health & Medical Media Awards (2007)

  • ASCO Statesman Award American Society of Clinical Oncology (2007)

  • Amy and Joseph Perella Chair to be named Vincent T. DeVita Professor of Medicine upon his retirement.Yale Cancer Center (2004)

  • Elected, European Academy of Sciences European Academy of Sciences (2002)

Professional Service

  • Yale Cancer Center Board of Advisors Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center (2003 - 2009)

  • Appointment and Promotions Subcommittee Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center (2000 - 2009)

  • Board of Permanent Officers Yale School of Medicine (1993)

  • Oversight Committee Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center (1993)

  • Promotions Committee YCC Section of Medical Oncology Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center (2003)

  • Ex officio member, Scientific Advisory Board Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center (2003)

  • Honorary Degree Committee Yale University (2000 - 2006)

  • Dean Search Committee Yale School of Nursing (2005 - 2006)

  • Thesis Committee Member Pathology Department Yale University School of Medicine (2005 - 2007)

  • Campaign Committee Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven (2007)

  • Evaluation/Review Committee Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Public Health (2008)

International Activity

  • Cancer: Principles and Practices of Oncology United States (2008)

    Professor DeVita is one of three editors of CANCER: Principles &Practices of Oncology, coming into its tenth edition. CANCER is a comprehensive textbook in the field of cancer medicine; it is the most widely-read text on cancer in the world (and notably in Europe, India, and Asia). The textbook is...

  • Oncology, Nature Clinical Practice London, United Kingdom (2008 - 2015)

    Professor DeVita is an editor of Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology (NRCO), a journal by Nature Publishing Group. NRCO is based in London, with international leadership.

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Contact Info

Vincent T DeVita, Jr, MD
Mailing Address
Yale Cancer CenterPO Box 208028
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8028