ABOUT THE EXPERT
William G. Wierda,
Professor and D.B. Lane Cancer Research Distinguished Professor
Section Chief – Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Leukemia Center Medical Director
Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine
Executive Medical Director, Inpatient Medical Services
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
William G. Wierda, MD, PhD, is professor and medical director for the Department of Leukemia and executive medical director for Leukemia, Lymphoma and Stem Cell Transplant at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr Wierda received his doctorate of philosophy in microbiology and immunology and his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School. He subsequently completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the University of California, San Diego.
His research focuses on identifying immunology and immunotherapy strategies for hematologic malignancies, particularly chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator for numerous clinical trials, has lectured nationally and internationally, and has published extensively on clinical and translational aspects of CLL and drug development.
Dr Wierda is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Association of Immunologists. He serves as chair and Value Pathways Task Force member for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network CLL/SLL/Hairy Cell Leukemia Panel. He is also an editorial board member for the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and a scientific review committee member for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Oncology Research Program.