Jorge J. Nieva

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Jorge J. Nieva, MD

Areas of treatment:

Lung cancer
Head and neck cancer


  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Oncology


  • Department of Medicine


  • English
  • Spanish

Jorge J. Nieva, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
  • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital

About this doctor:

Dr. Jorge Nieva graduated from the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine in 1997, trained in internal medicine at University of California, San Diego and in oncology and hematology at the Scripps Clinic. In 2003 he joined the faculty of the Scripps Research Institute and the medical staff of the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. While at Scripps, Dr. Nieva pioneered new technology for the detection of cancer cells in the peripheral blood and discoveries related to the fundamental mechanisms of the immune system. Dr. Nieva was recruited to the Billings Clinic in Montana in 2007 where he served as department chair and was a program leader who established the multidisciplinary lung cancer and head/neck cancer clinics at the cancer center. While in Billings, Dr. Nieva led efforts to establish a research program in virus-delivered cancer gene therapy and immunotherapy. His teams were awarded certificates for excellence in the conduct of cancer clinical trials from the National Cancer Institute and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Nieva returned to California, joining the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine in 2014.


University of California, Irvine, Doctor of Medicine: 1993-1997
University of California, Irvine, Bachelor of Sciences in Biological Sciences, 1989-1992


University of California, San Diego, Internal Medicine, 1997-1998


University of California, San Diego, Internal Medicine, 1998-2000


Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA, Division of Hematology and Oncology, 2000-2003


Internal Medicine, 2000-2020
Hematology, 2003-2023
Medical Oncology, 2003-2023

Professional society memberships:

American Society of Clinical Oncology


ASCO Award for Excellence in Clinical Trials
National Cancer Institute Gold Certificate of Excellence
Outstanding Teacher Award, Scripps Clinic
Skaggs Scholar in Clinical Science
Waltz Award for Leadership, Scripps Clinic
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society
Department of Medicine Award, University of California, Irvine
Walter Blumeson Scholarship for Academic Promise
Irving M. Reingold Prize in Pathology
American Association of Pathology Chairs Honor Society
Excellence in Research, University of California, Irvine
Departmental Honors, Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine