Dr. Aiwu Ruth He, MD, PhD

Dr. Aiwu Ruth He, MD, PhD

Languages: English, Chinese
Fax: (202) 444-9429

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  • Medical Oncology (Primary); board certifiedin 2006
About the Provider

Dr. He is a physician-scientist who practices adult medical oncology specializing in gastrointestinal cancers. She also conducts basic and translational research in cancer biology and therapeutics, with a particular interest in novel therapeutics against liver cancer (HCC) and bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). Toward that end, Dr. He has designed, led and implemented investigator-initiated clinical studies targeting liver cancers or other gastrointestinal cancers, and has conducted translational correlative studies to achieve personalized cancer treatment for patients.  In the process, she has expanded the clinical oncology research program on liver and bile duct cancers, and established a portfolio of clinical trials.

Dr. He's Philosophy of Care

I am committed to personalized cancer treatment that emphasizes holistic, comprehensive and supportive care. I work to understand tumor biology to create a unique treatment plan specific to each patient's tumor.  However, gastrointestinal tumor treatment also requires a multidisciplinary approach involving a team of MGUH specialists for the best patient care and outcomes. I work closely with surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiation oncologists and radiologists through a patient's diagnosis and treatment. I also believe support from nutritionists and palliative services are essential to addressing patient symptoms and comfort while treating cancer.

  • Fellowship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2006)
  • Residency Program: Pitt County Memorial Hospital (2003)
  • Internship Program: Pitt County Memorial Hospital (2001)
  • Fellowship Program: National Institute of Digestive Disorders and Kidney Disease (2000)
  • Graduate School: Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University (1997)
  • Medical School: Hunan Medical University (1991)
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Professional Memberships
  • American Society of Liver Disease
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Career development award from the American Cancer Society to study STAT3 as a therapeutic target in liver cancer
  • Chair, Meet the Professor Session on Personalized Therapy for HCC: Based on specific tumors at the Austrian Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • Outstanding poster presentation Award, Digestive Disease Weekly