Short Biography

Vinay Prasad MD MPH is a hematologist-oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. He studies cancer drugs, health policy, and evidence-based medicine. He is author of over 200 academic articles, co-author of the book Ending Medical Reversal, and author of the forthcoming book Malignant.

Long Biography

Vinay K. Prasad MD MPH is a hematologist-oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. He is assistant program director of the Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program.  He also holds appointments in the Division of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and as a Senior Scholar in the Center for Health Care Ethics.  He is nationally known for research on cancer drugs, health policy, and evidence-based medicine.

Clinically, Dr. Prasad is an expert in a wide range of benign hematologic and malignant conditions; He attends on the leukemia, lymphoma, benign hematology, solid tumor and, occasionally, the general medicine service. He runs 2 clinics. He teaches an annual course in the medical school on clinical appraisal for 3rd and 4th year students, as well as give lectures to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years.  He hosts the podcast Plenary Session.

Dr. Prasad has demonstrated that many medical practices, promoted and advocated for decades, have been ultimately shown not to work.  These reversals typically occur when we adopt new therapies based on incomplete or inadequate studies. Dr. Prasad has also shown that the high cost of cancer drugs is not explained by rational factors, media coverage of medical articles preferentially covers lower levels of evidence, that industry sponsored randomized trials may have substantial bias, and many current medical practices have no convincing proof of efficacy (e.g. IVC filters). 

Dr. Prasad and Dr. Adam Cifu (University of Chicago) are authors of Ending Medical Reversal:  Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015). Dr. Prasad is the author of the forthcoming book Malignant (Spring 2020 publication)  Dr. Prasad's work has been covered in a profile in the Portland Tribune, Atlantic magazine, STAT, the Oregonian, and NPR.

Dr. Prasad is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he was awarded the Chairman's Award in Internal Medicine, given to the top student in Internal Medicine.  He is also a graduate of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed his undergraduate at Michigan State University, where he was commencement speaker for the College of Arts & Letters. Dr Prasad trained in general internal medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he received the Gerald Grumet award for best resident teacher, and completed his fellowship in Hematology and Oncology in the joint program between National Cancer Institute, and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute both at the US National Institutes of Health, where he served as Chief Fellow. While at the NIH, Dr. Prasad was also a Cancer Prevention Fellow.

Dr. Prasad is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and 40 additional letters or replies in many academic journals, including Nature, the British Medical Journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA: Internal Medicine, JAMA: Oncology, the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology and the New England Journal of Medicine. His work has been widely covered by news outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and Forbes.  When not working, Dr. Prasad enjoys cycling, reading and binge watching television.

Dr. Prasad receives royalties from his book Ending Medical Reversal.  His work is funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Dr. Prasad has received honoraria for Grand Rounds/lectures from universities, medical centers, non profits, and professional societies. Dr. Prasad has no conflicts with pharmaceutical companies, device companies, insurers. Dr. Prasad is a writer for Medscape. His podcast Plenary Session has Patreon Backers.

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