Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Reader in Cancer Medicine



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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).



Lindsay CR, Shaw EC, Moore DA, et al., 2021, Large cell neuroendocrine lung carcinoma: consensus statement from The British Thoracic Oncology Group and the Association of Pulmonary Pathologists, British Journal of Cancer, ISSN:0007-0920

Cookson W, Nastase A, Mandal A, et al., 2021, Integrated genomics point to immune vulnerabilities in pleural mesothelioma, Scientific Reports, ISSN:2045-2322

Popat S, Welsh L, 2021, Brain metastases in solid tumours: new guidelines for a new era., Ann Oncol

Popat S, Liu G, Lu S, et al., 2021, Brigatinib vs Alectinib in Crizotinib-Resistant Advanced Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase-Positive Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (ALTA-3), Future Oncology, ISSN:1479-6694

Cui W, Popat S, 2021, Pleural mesothelioma (PM) - The status of systemic therapy., Cancer Treat Rev, Vol:100

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