Alain P. Algazi


Medical oncologist
Immunologist, father and rather slow endurance athlete

Dr. Alain Algazi is a specialist in medical treatment – such as chemotherapy and immunotherapy – for patients with head and neck cancers, including head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, thyroid cancers and salivary gland cancers. He leads UCSF's program in medical therapy for head and neck cancers, and chairs the head and neck cancer research committee.

In research, Algazi conducts clinical trials – studies that evaluate new therapies for head and neck cancers with an emphasis on approaches to improving the chances of long term remission in patients with incurable cancer using immunotherapy. He has also served the national study chair for clinical trials that give patients access to new medications and that provide new approaches of administering existing medications to improve their efficacy.

Algazi earned his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed a residency in internal medicine at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in hematology-oncology at UCSF.

Algazi is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society for Immunotherapy for Cancer and American Association for Cancer Research.

To reach Dr. Alain Algazi, please contact the head and neck medical oncology practice at (415) 353-9900.

  • Education

    UCLA School of Medicine, 2004

  • Residencies

    UCLA Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2007

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Hematology-Oncology, 2010

  • Board Certifications

    Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

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Preoperative Immunotherapy in Patients With Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

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