Larry W. Kwak, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Vice President and Deputy Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Director, Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center
  • Dr. Michael Friedman Professor in Translational Medicine
  • Professor, Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
  • Hematologist/Oncologist

Larry W. Kwak, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Specialties
  • Medical Oncology
Areas of Expertise
  • Lymphoma
Research Focus
  • Immunology
  • Cancer vaccines
Larry W. Kwak, M.D., Ph.D., is a world-renowned physician and scientist who has pioneered breakthrough innovations in immunology and cancer vaccines. He joined City of Hope in April 2015, following a decade of leadership in lymphoma and myeloma research and treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Named one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2010, Dr. Kwak is the deputy director of City of Hope's comprehensive cancer center, director of the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center within the Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute and is endowed with the title of the Dr. Michael Friedman Professor in Translational Medicine.
Passionate about harnessing the body's immune system to battle cancer, Dr. Kwak's interest in the field was sparked by a high school mentor and has continued for nearly three decades. He takes special pride in his ability to rapidly translate basic research into human clinical trials, making him an ideal fit for the City of Hope environment.
  • Lymphoma
  • Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation


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  • 1984 – Ph.D., Tumor Cell Biology, Northwestern University Graduate School, Evanston, IL 1982 – B.S., M.D., Honors Program, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL 1979 – B.S., Medical Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


  • 1987 – 1991, Fellow, Medical Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
  • 1983 – 1984, Fellow, Tumor Cell Biology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL


  • 1985 – 1987, Resident, Internal Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA


  • 1984 – 1985, Intern, Internal Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
  • 1989 - American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Medical Oncology
  • 1987 - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • 2012 - Education Committee, American Association for Cancer Research, Chicago, IL
  • 2012 – present, Trust Committee, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2007 – present, Panel of Scientific Advisors, Lymphoma Research Foundation, USA
  • 2016, Ho-Am Prize in Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2016, Elected to Association of American Physicians
  • 2011, Chang-Yul Oh Memorial Award, Korean American Medical Association
  • 2010, TIME 100 (Named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential persons in the world)
  • 2010, Team Science Award recipient, International Society for the Biological Therapy of Cancer
  • 2003, NCI Technology Transfer Award, Center for Cancer Research
  • 2003, Elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • 2002, European Academy of Sciences
  • 2000, Asian and Pacific Islander-American Organization Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, National Institutes of Health
  • 1989, Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • 1984, Physicians Research Training Fellowship, American Cancer Society, New York
  • 1983, Lady Tata Memorial Trust Postgraduate Award, London, England
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