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Vincent DeVita Jr, MD

Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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Vincent DeVita Jr, MD



Dr. Vincent DeVita, the Amy and Joseph Perella Professor of Medicine at the Yale Cancer Center and Professor of Epidemiology and of Public Health, was the Director of the Yale Cancer Center from 1993 to 2003. He spent the early part of his career at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and in 1980, the President of the United States appointed him director of the NCI and the National Cancer Program, a position he held until 1988. From 1988 until be returned to Yale in 1993, he was Physician-in-Chief and Attending Physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a member of the Program of Molecular Pharmacology. Dr. DeVita has earned international recognition for his accomplishments as a pioneer in the field of Oncology. While at the NCI, he developed combination chemotherapy programs curative for Hodgkin's disease and diffuse large cell lymphomas. He developed the four-drug combination, known by the acronym MOPP, which increased the cure rate for patients with advanced Hodgkin's disease from nearly zero to over 70%. In addition, in collaboration with Dr. George Canellos, he developed the combination chemotherapy CMF, which still remains a useful therapy for breast cancer. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in 1957. He was awarded his M.D. degree with distinction from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1961. Dr. DeVita is the author or co-author of more than 450 scientific articles. He is one of the three editors of "Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology", in its 11th edition, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Cancer Journal. Dr. DeVita, along with his daughter, Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn wrote a personal memoir entitled "The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on cancer is Winnable--and How We Can Get There", published in 2015.

Education & Training

  • Senior Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1966)
  • Fellow
    National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health (1965)
  • Senior Resident
    The George Washington University, DC General Hospital (1963)
  • Resident Intern
    University of Michigan Medical Center (1962)
  • MD
    George Washington University (1961)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (1973)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Hematology (1972)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1968)


  • Cancer: Principles & Practices of Oncology
    Philadelphia, PA, United States 1982
    Dr. DeVita is one of three editors of CANCER: Principles & Practices of Oncology, 11th edition. CANCER is a comprehensive textbook in the field of cancer medicine; it is the most widely-read text on cancer in the world (and notably in Europe, India, and Asia). The textbook is published by Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
World Affairs Council of Connecticut Annual Luminary AwardWorld Affairs Council of Connecticut2018
AACR 50 Year MemberAACR2017
ASCO Oncology LuminaryASCO2014
Fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research (FAACR)AACR2014
Honorary Life MemberAmerican Cancer Society2013
Giants of Cancer Care 2013OncLive2013
President American Cancer SocietyACS2012
Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO)ASCO2012
Awarded Honoris Causa in Medicine DegreeNational University of Athens, Greece2009
Distinguished Medical Science AwardFriends of the National Library of Medicine, Washington DC2009
FREDDIE Award, a Public Service Award.International Health & Medical Media Awards2007
ASCO Statesman AwardAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology2007
Amy and Joseph Perella Chair to be named Vincent T. DeVita Professor of Medicine upon his retirement.Yale Cancer Center2004
Elected, European Academy of SciencesEuropean Academy of Sciences2002
ElectedNational Academy of Medicine1985

Professional Service

Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Public HealthEvaluation/Review Committee2008 - Present
Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New HavenCampaign Committee2007 - 2009
Yale University School of MedicineThesis Committee Member Pathology Department2005 - 2007
Yale School of NursingDean Search Committee2005 - 2006
Yale Comprehensive Cancer CenterYale Cancer Center Board of Advisors2003 - 2009
Yale Comprehensive Cancer CenterPromotions Committee YCC Section of Medical Oncology2003 - Present
Yale Comprehensive Cancer CenterEx officio member, Scientific Advisory Board2003 - Present
Yale Comprehensive Cancer CenterAppointment and Promotions Subcommittee2000 - 2009
Yale UniversityHonorary Degree Committee2000 - 2006
Yale School of MedicineBoard of Permanent Officers1993 - Present

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