Vincent DeVita, Jr, MD

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

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Medical Oncology: Subset Medical Oncology Faculty

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Yale Cancer Center: Developmental Therapeutics

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Vincent DeVita, the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine at the Yale Cancer Center and Professor of Epidemiology and of 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 developed combination chemotherapy programs curative for Hodgkin's disease and diffuse large cell lymphomas. 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 is the author or co-author of more than 450 scientific articles. He is one of the three editors of "Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology", in its 11th edition, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Cancer Journal. Dr. DeVita, along with his daughter, Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn wrote a personal memoir entitled "The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on cancer is Winnable--and How We Can Get There", published in 2015.

Education & Training

MD George Washington University (1961)
Senior Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellow National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health
Senior Resident The George Washington University, DC General Hospital
Resident Intern University 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 DegreeNational University of Athens, Greece (2009)

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

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

  • ASCO Statesman AwardAmerican 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 SciencesEuropean Academy of Sciences (2002)

  • ElectedNational Academy of Medicine (1985)

Professional Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Yale University (2000 - 2006) Honorary Degree Committee

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


  • Cancer: Principles & Practices of Oncology Philadelphia, United States (1982)

    Dr. DeVita is one of three editors of CANCER: Principles & Practices of Oncology, 11th 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 published by Wolters...

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Vincent DeVita, Jr, MD
Mailing Address
Medical OncologyPO Box 208028
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8028