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New Physician Spotlight: Cathy Eng

Nov. 1, 2019, 9:33 AM

Cathy Eng, MD, FACP, FASCO

Professor of Medicine

Department of Hematology and Oncology


Cathy Eng, MD, a national and international leader in gastrointestinal medical oncology, was recruited to Vanderbilt University Medical Center from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She began seeing patients Sept. 24.

Cathy Eng, MD

Eng is co-director of the Gastrointestinal Program and co-leader of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Program. She serves on multiple committees for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Southwestern Oncology Group (SWOG) and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG).

“My goal at Vanderbilt is to significantly expand the clinical and research enterprise for the multidisciplinary gastrointestinal cancer disease teams, inclusive of medical, surgical, radiation, and interventional oncology as well as basic research,” she said. “Additionally, I am developing a new program specifically for young adults to optimize their oncology care.”

Eng has been a principal investigator of innumerable national and international trials, NCI-funded trials and major pharmaceutical-sponsored trials.

“Dr. Eng brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in GI cancer and clinical investigation that complements the current team,” said Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, director of the division of Hematology and Oncology. “With her bold approach and her deeply rooted passion for mentorship, she will elevate this team to what I expect to be exceptional heights. I have already witnessed how much her patients adore her, many following her here from across the country. Dr. Eng has a personal touch, and as a key opinion leader in GI cancer, especially those occurring in younger adults, you are confident that her guidance will be the best a patient can get, anywhere, period.”

Eng received her medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She completed residency in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at University of Chicago Medical Center. She was with MD Anderson for 17 years.

Patients can be referred to Dr. Eng by calling 615-936-8422.

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