Sumanta (Monty) Kumar Pal, M.D., is an internationally recognized leader in the area of genitourinary cancers, including kidney
, and prostate
cancer. He is the Co-director of City of Hope's Kidney Cancer Program
and is the head of the kidney and bladder cancer disease team at the institution.
Dr. Pal entered college at the age of 13 and began medical school at University of California, Los Angeles at the age of 17. After completing his residency training at University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Pal completed a fellowship program in medical oncology at City of Hope's comprehensive cancer center where he remains on faculty since 2009.
Over that span of time, he has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles that have been featured in prominent journals including The Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet Oncology, Cancer Cell, and European Urology.
Dr. Pal holds patents for new drugs currently under development in prostate cancer and also maintains one of the largest portfolios of clinical trials for kidney and bladder cancer research on the west coast. He developed an integrated program that focuses heavily on collaborations with basic science researchers at Beckman Research Institute
of City of Hope and urologists in the Department of Surgery
. Ultimately, Dr. Pal’s goal is to stimulate collaborative research across multiple departments in order to discover novel therapeutic approaches for our currently incurable diseases. He has also worked to push the boundaries of personalized medicine in genitourinary cancers, with several seminal publications in rare genitourinary cancers that describe unique therapeutic targets.
Dr. Pal sits on the Editorial Board for clinical genitourinary cancer and is a reviewer for multiple journals including The Journal of Clinical Oncology, The Journal of Urology, European Urology, and many others. Dr. Pal has received grants from the National Institute of Health, the Comprehensive Cancer Network, the Southwest Oncology Group, and multiple other leading entities in support of his formidable research.