William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Director and Marion I. Knott Professor and Chairman of Oncology
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. William G. Nelson is the Marion I. Knott Director and Professor of Oncology and a Professor of Urology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Pathology and Radiation Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with a Joint Appointment in Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was one of three Co-Chairs of the National Cancer Institute Translational Research Working Group and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research and as the President of the National Coalition for Cancer Research. Additionally, he has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and of Stand Up to Cancer and on the External Advisory Boards of six NCI-designated Cancer Centers. He is a Senior Editor of Cancer Research and an Associate Editor of Clinical Cancer Research and Cancer Prevention Research.

In addition to his duties as Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Nelson directs a research laboratory focused on discovering new strategies for prostate cancer treatment and prevention. The laboratory has discovered the most common acquired genome change in cancer cells, a finding that has led to new approaches to prostate cancer detection, diagnosis, screening and prevention.

Dr. Nelson completed his M.D. and Ph.D. training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, earning honors for research and clinical excellence, and then pursued Internal Medicine residency training and Medical Oncology fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, earning American Board of Internal Medicine certification in both disciplines.