Joel Palefsky


Director, Anal Neoplasia Clinic, Research and Education (ANCRE) Center
Infectious disease physician
Clinician, researcher, and fan of good literature and bagels

About me

Dr. Joel Palefsky is an expert in infectious diseases and in cancers associated with these diseases. His expertise includes treating anal dysplasia, a precancerous condition that may lead to anal cancer and that is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Palefsky studies the biology of HPV and the Epstein-Barr virus, and is active in the development of new treatments.

Palefsky earned his medical degree at McGill University and completed a fellowship in infectious disease at Stanford University.

Palefsky is founder and president of the International Anal Neoplasia Society and president-elect of the International Papillomavirus Society.

  • Education

    McGill University, 1984

  • Residencies

    McGill University, Internal Medicine, 1984

  • Fellowship

    Stanford University, Infectious Disease, 1988

  • Board Certifications

    Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

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A life helping others and contributing to our collective knowledge is a life well lived.

Anal Neoplasia Clinic, Research and Education (ANCRE) Center

1701 Divisadero St., Suite 480
San Francisco, CA 94115

Selected research

Decorative Caduceus

Topical or Ablative Treatment in Preventing Anal Cancer in Patients With HIV and Anal High-Grad...

This randomized phase III trial compares topical or ablative treatment with active monitoring in preventing anal cancer in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesi...