Brian J. Druker M.D.

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Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology School of Medicine

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  • Cancer

Special focus on

  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia


  • M.D., University of California San Diego 1981
  • Residency:

    • Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Fellowship:

    • Medical oncology - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Internal Medicine, 1984


Dr. Druker specializes in caring for and treating patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). In his early medical training, witnessing chemotherapy's effects on patients drove him to find a better way to treat cancer. Starting in the lab, he led the development and clinical trials of the drug Gleevec for CML. Gleevec was the first of its kind, highly successful daily oral medication to target damaged cells, leave healthy cells alone and cause minimal side effects. Dr. Druker continues to seek even better treatments for his patients, who are his inspiration. Dr. Druker's favorite way to spend his free time is with his wife, son and two daughters. With his busy schedule, he runs to and from work, rain or shine, to ensure he stays healthy. In 2009, Dr. Druker was honored with "America's Nobel Prize", the Lasker-DeBakey Award for clinical medical research.


  • English

Memberships and associations

  • Institute of Medicine: National Academy of Sciences
  • American Association of Physicians
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Children’s Oncology Group
  • The American Society for Cell Biology

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