Nita Ahuja
Nita Ahuja
William H. Carmalt Professor of Surgery; Chair, Department of Surgery; Interim Director, Yale Cancer Center, Yale School of Medicine; Interim Physician-in-Chief, Smilow Cancer Hospital
Elected to the Academy in 2020


University of Maryland, 1989, BSc, Biology and Mathematics; Duke University School of Medicine, 1993, MD; Johns Hopkins University, 2016, EMBA, Executive Masters in Business Administration

Professional Area

Surgery, Epigenetics, Healthcare


Changed the understanding of the cells of origin in multiple tumor types, and the role of epigenetic dysregulation in gastrointestinal cancers; research has led to the development of biomarkers for early detection of colorectal and pancreatic cancers, and epigenetic therapeutics; accomplishments occurred while leading multiple research and clinical programs at major health systems.