Andrew E. Hendifar, MD, MPH

Gastrointestinal Oncology

Andrew E. Hendifar, MD, MPH, is a physician in Cedars-Sinai's Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, which houses a full range of specialty centers to diagnose and treat most forms of cancer.

Dr. Hendifar is the medical oncology lead for the gastrointestinal disease research group at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. With his colleagues from surgery, gastroenterology, radiation oncology, and radiology they have formed multidisciplinary teams that specialize in the treatments of pancreatic cancer, hepatobiliary cancer, colorectal cancer and neuroendocrine tumors.

His current research efforts are focused on treating the effects of cachexia in his cancer patients. He has developed a treatment protocol in pancreatic cancer cachexia that will help us understand this phenomenon. The goal is to develop new therapies for this condition. One treatment, an anti-inflammatory agent, is already being investigated in colon cancer patients.

Dr. Hendifar is also the primary investigator for several trials in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, hepatocellular cancer and neuroendocrine tumors. In partnerships with the Southwest Oncology Group and Pancreas Cancer Research Team (PCRT), our patients have access to the best investigational treatments available.

His work has been published in prestigious journals, including Clinical Cancer Research, the Annals of Oncology and the Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology. Dr. Hendifar has displayed deep subject-matter knowledge in presentations for organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. His patient care has also been recognized as he has been named a "Top Doctor®," and "Super Doctor®".

In addition to his professional work, Dr. Hendifar has given his time and talents to organizations that bring medical services to underserved populations, such as migrant workers in Mexico and the rural communities of Nicaragua. He has also volunteered as a facilitator and guest speaker for patient support groups in the community.

His early research career covered diverse topics at Louisiana State University's Emergency Medicine Department, the National Institutes of Health and at Tulane University School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree and a Master of Public Health in Health Systems. He completed his residency at USC's Department of Internal Medicine where he was Chief Resident. He was also a Chief Fellow in the school's Department of Hematology and Oncology. He earned bachelor's degrees in philosophy and biochemistry at the University of Maryland.

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