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Dr. Mekhail Anwar is a physician-scientist and radiation oncologist who cares for patients with cancer. He is particularly interested in how new approaches – such as novel imaging techniques and implantable sensors – can help to reveal an individual patient's response to treatment in real time.

In his research, Anwar focuses on developing technologies that can better detect microscopic cancer as well as facilitate more precise, less toxic treatment. He has authored articles on sensors that can be embedded in tumors and nearby tissues.

Anwar has received many honors for his research. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognized his work with the prestigious NIH Director's New Innovator Award and the Trailblazer Award, as well as a study grant. He received the Idea Award from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Physician Research Award from the DOD's Prostate Cancer Research Program.

Anwar earned his medical degree and completed a residency in radiation oncology at UCSF. He has also studied electrical engineering, earning a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he focused on using small sensors and integrated circuits to detect microscopic cancer.

  • Education

    UCSF, MD, 2009

  • Residencies

    UCSF, Radiation Oncology, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Radiation Oncology, American Board of Radiology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor