Sanaz Memarzadeh, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Member, JCCC Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Program
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California
SANAZ MEMARZADEH, MD, PhD is a board-certified clinician and scientist who treats patients with ovarian and endometrial cancers in the clinic and operating room. In addition, she is the Director and Principal Investigator of an independent research laboratory, the G.O. Discovery Lab, at UCLA. She earned both an undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh. After medical school, she came to UCLA for her OB-GYN residency where she became passionate about caring for women with gynecologic cancers. There, she realized a vital need for basic science research to help improve current therapies and early detection. She pursued a clinical fellowship in gynecologic oncology and simultaneously began her training as a basic scientist, completing her fellowship and PhD training within eight years.
She is deeply passionate about being a woman clinician- scientist who works both at the bedside and the bench. Working directly with patients has provided her an acute perspective on the shortcomings of early detection and treatment for women with gynecologic cancers. In fact, every question asked in her laboratory is born out of an important and unanswered question from the clinic. With her many affiliations including Professorship at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, a clinical practice out of Ronald Regan Medical Center and the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital, the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute, she is primed to effectively use basic science research to improve gynecologic cancer treatments, which have seen little change in the past few decades. Her career goal is to develop more effective and less toxic therapies for women impacted by gynecologic cancers and, importantly, also help train the next generations of scientists that will revolutionize medicine as practiced today.