Deepa Subramaniam, MBBS, MSc, is the director for the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Clinic. She is also a member of the Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics Group, which investigates novel drugs in phase I clinical trials. Dr. Subramanian is the principal investigator on several clinical trials of immunologic and targeted therapies in lung and brain cancers, designed to either harness the body's immune system to overpower cancer cells or to customize treatment to the unique genomic profile of a patient's tumor. Dr. Subramaniam is also trained in palliative care medicine.
Dr. Subramaniam is a passionate teacher, has created online digital media to educate community physicians and has won the Award for Teaching Excellence. She is also the recipient of the Hattie McDaniel Award for cancer community outreach and education, and the Joseph Weinberg Award for Excellence in Brain Tumor Care. She is an active member of professional organizations including the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Society of Neuro-Oncology (SNO) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). She is nationally recognized in her field and serves on the editorial board of Clinics in Oncology and as an ad hoc reviewer for many leading oncology journals including Annals of Oncology. She is also widely published in oncology-related peer-reviewed research journals.
Philosophy of Care
It is a privilege for me to treat each patient that comes to me for cancer care. I know that these patients put their trust and confidence in my expertise and in Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center's reputation. Cancer is a devastating disease, but cancer does not define an individual. I try to learn about my patients first as people. My goal for treatment is to give each patient the chance to live his or her life as fully as possible. I encourage each of them to not let the disease rule their lives during or after treatment. My job is to engage patients in decisions about their cancer treatment to help empower and encourage them as active participants. I am a trained facilitator in mind/body medicine, in addition to my research focus. My holistic and individualized approach to cancer treatment helps my patients feel more in control during what is almost always an overwhelming experience. It helps them see their strengths. My team and I use cutting-edge cancer treatments including clinical trial treatments when appropriate, which are available for lung and brain cancers.