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Leena Gandhi, MD, PhD

Medical Oncology

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Leena Gandhi, MD, PhD


  • Director, Center for Cancer Therapeutic Innovation
  • Physician

Clinical Interests

  • Developmental therapeutics
  • Immuno-oncology
  • Phase 1 clinical trials
  • Thoracic oncology

Contact Information

  • Appointments857-215-3332 (established)
    877-442-3324 (new)
  • Office Phone Number617-632-2096
  • Fax617-632-2630


Dr. Leena Gandhi is the Director of the Center for Cancer Therapeutic Innovation, a cross-malignancy novel therapeutics hub, at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998 and her MD from New York University in 2002. She completed her postgraduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital and at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Dr. Gandhi is a highly accomplished clinical investigator who was a clinical fellow and faculty member at Dana-Farber in the Thoracic Oncology program. She has served as the Director of Thoracic Medical Oncology at New York University and has focused her research on novel drug development and biomarkers for selection in lung cancer with a particular focus on immuno-oncology. She led pivotal studies demonstrating the utility of PDL1 as a biomarker for efficacy of anti-PD1 agents in lung cancer and studies demonstrating the value of combining immunotherapy and chemotherapy in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. She served as Vice President of Immuno-Oncology Development at Eli Lilly leading the development of novel immuno-oncology agents across cancer types before returning to Dana-Farber in 2020.

Board Certification:

  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Internal Medicine


  • Dana-Farber/Massachusetts General Hospital, Hematology/Oncology


  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Internal Medicine

Medical School:

  • New York University School of Medicine


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