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William George Nelson

  • Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor of Urology, Medicine, Pathology, and Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences



  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
  • School of Medicine

Dr. William G. Nelson is a professor of urology, medicine, pathology, and radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The Marion I. Knott Professor of Oncology, Dr. Nelson is also the Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. He holds a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Dr. Nelson is a recognized leader in translational cancer research. He specializes in the treatment and research of prostate cancer.

He and fellow Johns Hopkins colleagues discovered the most common genome alteration in prostate cancer. The discovery led to new diagnostic tests for the disease and has fueled interest in new drug discovery and other treatment options, now ongoing at Hopkins.

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