Contact Information
  • 800-826-HOPE (4673)
Melanie Palomares, M.D., M.S.
  • Assistant Professor

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish


Melanie. R. Palomares, M.D., M.S., is Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology and Population Sciences, and serves as a Staff Physician in the City of Hope Cancer Screening & Prevention Program.
Dr. Palomares earned her bachelor degree in mathematics at Boston University, and doctorate in medicine at Emory University. She did an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, followed by fellowships in Hematology at Harbor-UCLA, and Medical Oncology and Clinical Cancer Genetics at University of Washington.
In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology, Dr. Palomares has a masters degree in Epidemiology, pursued during a postdoctoral fellowship in the Cancer Prevention Research Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. This unique multidisciplinary training has led to her specialization in the care of both patients who are at increased risk for cancer (primary cancer prevention and screening) and cancer survivors (secondary cancer prevention and surveillance). Her research focus is in breast cancer prevention and early detection, and she has particular expertise breast cancer chemoprevention trials, including trials using natural products.
Dr. Palomares is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO), the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG). She is an active member in the SWOG Cancer Control Research Committee, Committee on Special Populations, and Breast Committee.

Professional Experience

  • 2006 - present, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Sciences, Division of Outcomes Research, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2006 - present, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2003 - 2010, Instructor, Clinical Cancer Genetics, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2002 - 2003, Senior Fellow / Acting Instructor, Division of Medical Genetics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 2000 - 2002, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cancer Prevention Research Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
  • 1997 - 2000, Fellow, University of Washington, Division of Medical Oncology, Seattle, WA
  • 1996 - 1997, Fellow, Division of Hematology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  • 1993 - 1996, Intern / Resident, Internal Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA


  • 1993, Emory University, Atlanta, GA., M.D., Medicine
  • 1988, Boston University, Boston, MA, B.A., Mathematics

Board Certifications/Licensure
  • 2002, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, M.S., Epidemiology
  • 2001, Oncology
  • 2000, Hematology
  • 1996, Internal Medicine


  • 2007, Stop Cancer Award, Marni Fund
  • 2005, Young Investigator Award, Southwest Oncology Group
  • 1995, Solomon Scholar Research Award, UCLA


  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Association of Clinical Oncologists
  • American Society of Preventive Oncology
  • Society for Integrative Oncology


  • City of Hope - Main Campus (Duarte)
    1500 East Duarte Road
    Duarte, CA 91010