Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Reader in Cancer Medicine



+44 (0)20 7808 2132s.popat Website




Royal Marsden HospitalThe Royal Marsden Hospital





Dr Sanjay Popat is a Consultant Thoracic Medical Oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Reader in Cancer Medicine at Imperial College.

Sanjay qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 1994 with triple distinction, the Solly Prize and Medal, and a First Class BSc in Experimental Pathology. He was awarded a PhD in Molecular Genetics in 2002 and thereafter undertook a post doctoral Clinician Scientist Fellowship, and subsequently a HEFCE Clinical Senior Lectureship. He has published in the fields of molecular genetics, therapeutic biomarkers, and medical oncology. He has been awarded nationally and internationally competitive prizes for his research, in addition to 4 research fellowships.

He is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of lung cancer, mesothelioma and thymoma. His research interests include identification and validation of biomarkers that influence thoracic tumour development and treatment, as well as the development of novel therapeutic strategies for the treatment of thoracic tumours through clinical trials.

He Chairs the British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG), and is immediate past Chair of the Advanced Diseases Sub-group of the UK NCRI Lung Cancer Clinical Studies Group. He has been elected onto the Foundation Council of the European Thoracic Oncology Platform (ETOP), and is active in the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Lung Group- where he leads the EORTC 08114 (GEM) and 08112 (NEMO) studies- and the International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group (ITMIG).



O'Sullivan H, d'Arienzo PD, Yousaf N, et al., 2022, Inadequacy of PCR genotyping in advanced non-small cell lung cancer: EGFR L747_A755delinsSS exon 19 deletion is not detected by the real-time PCR Idylla™ EGFR mutation test but is detected by ctDNA next generation sequencing and responds to osimertinib., Eur J Cancer, Vol:166, Pages:38-40

Whisenant JG, Baena J, Cortellini A, et al., 2022, A Definitive Prognostication System for Patients With Thoracic Malignancies Diagnosed With Coronavirus Disease 2019: An Update From the TERAVOLT Registry., J Thorac Oncol, Vol:17, Pages:661-674

Scherpereel A, Antonia S, Bautista Y, et al., 2022, First-line nivolumab plus ipilimumab versus chemotherapy for the treatment of unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma: patient-reported outcomes in CheckMate 743., Lung Cancer, Vol:167, Pages:8-16

Peters S, Scherpereel A, Cornelissen R, et al., 2022, First-line nivolumab plus ipilimumab versus chemotherapy in patients with unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma: 3-year outcomes from CheckMate 743., Ann Oncol, Vol:33, Pages:488-499

Passaro A, Leighl N, Blackhall F, et al., 2022, ESMO expert consensus statements on the management of EGFR mutant non-small-cell lung cancer., Ann Oncol, Vol:33, Pages:466-487

More Publications