Sumanta (Monty) Pal, MD

Cancer.Net Associate Editor: Genitourinary Cancers
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, CA

Sumanta (Monty) Kumar Pal, M.D., is an internationally recognized leader in the area of genitourinary cancers, including kidney, bladder, and prostate cancers. He is co-director of City of Hope's Kidney Cancer Program and is the head of the kidney and bladder cancer disease team at the institution.

Dr. Pal entered college at the age of 13 and began medical school at University of California Los Angeles at the age of 17. After completing his residency training at UCLA, Dr. Pal completed a fellowship program in medical oncology at City of Hope's comprehensive cancer center where he has remained on faculty since 2009.

Over that span of time, he has published more than 300 PubMed cited articles that have been featured in prominent journals including Cancer Discovery, The Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet Oncology, Cancer Cell, and European Urology.

Dr. Pal holds patents for new drugs currently under development in prostate cancer and also maintains one of the largest portfolios of clinical trials for kidney and bladder cancer research on the West Coast. He developed an integrated program that focuses heavily on collaborations with basic science researchers at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope and urologists in the Department of Surgery. Ultimately, Dr. Pal’s goal is to stimulate collaborative research across multiple departments in order to discover novel therapeutic approaches for currently incurable diseases. He has also worked to push the boundaries of personalized medicine in genitourinary cancers with several seminal publications in rare genitourinary cancers that describe unique therapeutic targets. He is the lead investigator on multiple clinical trials, ranging from early phase 1 experiences to late-stage phase 3 studies. 

Dr. Pal sits on the editorial board for Kidney Cancer and is a reviewer for multiple journals including Lancet Oncology, The Journal of Clinical Oncology, The Journal of Urology, European Urology, and many others. Dr. Pal has received grants from the National Institute of Health, the Comprehensive Cancer Network, SWOG Cancer Research Network, and multiple other leading entities in support of his research.

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Last updated October 2019