Heinz-Josef Lenz

Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine Associate Director, Clinical Research Chair, GI Oncology Program Co-director, Colorectal Center Scientific director, Cancer Genetics Unit at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Areas of treatment:

Colon Cancer
Stomach Cancer
Pancreas Cancer
Liver Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Anal Cancer
Neuroendocrine Cancers
Pancreatic Islet Cell Tumors
Carcinoid
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors
Clinical Trials
Cancer Predisposition
Drug Development

Specialties:

  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Oncology

Department:

  • Department of Medicine

Languages:

  • English
  • German
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Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD

Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine
Associate Director, Clinical Research
Chair, GI Oncology Program
Co-director, Colorectal Center
Scientific director, Cancer Genetics Unit at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Practicing location:

  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD, is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Preventive Medicine in Keck School of Medicine’s oncology division. He is the associate director of clinical research of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, is chair of the GI Oncology Program and is the co-director of the Colorectal Center. He also serves as the scientific director of the Cancer Genetics Unit. Dr. Lenz earned his medical degree at the Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, receiving a full scholarship by the prestigious Cusanuswerk scholarship program, in Bonn, Germany. After graduating medical school, Dr. Lenz had medical clerkships in Austria, Switzerland, England and the United States. He completed his fellowship in oncology/hematology in Tuebingen. Germany.

Dr. Lenz is co-chair of the Southwest Oncology Group’s Gastrointestinal (SWOG GI) committee, chair of translational medicine of the SWOG GI committee, member of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) GI Steering Committee and member of the NCI translational medicine committee. He serves on several editorial boards as well as on national and international advisory boards. He has published over 120 peer reviewed papers and holds over 20 patents on molecular markers.

Education:

Doctor of Medicine, Johannes-Gutenberg University, Germany, 1985

Internships:

University of Tubingen Medical Klinik, Germany, Hematology/Oncology, 1985 - 1991

Residencies:

University of Tubingen Medical Klinik, Germany - Hematology/Oncology, 1985 - 1991

Fellowships:

USC Norris Cancer Center - Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, 1991 - 1994, supported by the Deutsche Krebshilfe, Bonn, Germany

Certifications:

Internal Medicine
Hematology/Oncology Eligible

Professional society memberships:

American Association of Cancer Research
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Gastroenterological Association
Southwest Oncology Group
NCI/CTEP

Awards:

Stop Cancer Award, 1994 - 1997
American Society of Clinical Oncology, Young Investigator Award, 1994
American Society of Clinical Oncology, Career Development Award, 1996 - 1999
National Cancer Institute, Mid-career Development Award, 2001 - 2006
The Wellness Community - Foothills, Volunteer Service Award, June 6, 2003
Listed in America's Best Doctors database (internet database: bestdoctors.com), 2003 - Present
Bob Chandler Courage Award, USC, 2003
The Gallo Award, New Jersey, 2003
Listed in Guide to America's Top Physicians, 2007 - Present
Top Academic Cancer Blog, 2008
2011 list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.