Dr. W. K. Alfred Yung received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1971, graduating summa cum laude. For his medical training, he attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1975. Internship and residency training followed at the University of California, San Diego from 1975 to 1978, and chief residency and fellowship positions, respectively, at the Cornell University School of Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 1978 to 1981.
Dr. Yung is currently at the University of Texas’s MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he is a Professor of Neuro-Oncology and Cancer Biology and too the Margaret and Ben Love Chair of Clinical Cancer Care. He served as Chair of the Department of Neuro-oncology from 1999 to 2015. Dr. Yung is also the Director of the Brain Tumor SPORE and co-Director of the Brain Tumor Center.
Dr. Yung has extensive experience and expertise in the field of brain tumor research. His research program spans more than two decades and includes basic, translational and clinical research. Along with three decades of continuous funding by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), his work has also been funded by industry grants and foundations. The overall objective of his research has been new therapeutic approaches to block the regulatory mechanisms of brain cancer cells.
Dr. Yung has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles in many high impact journals covering diverse laboratory and clinical research topics. He serves on scientific advisory boards of several pharmaceutical companies and private foundations and is a past Editor-in-Chief of Neuro-Oncology and former co-Chair of the NCI Brain Malignancy Steering Committee.