Arek Z. Dudek, MD, PhD
Investigator, Metro-Minnesota Community Oncology Research Consortium
HealthPartners and Regions Cancer Care Centers title
Medical oncologist and hematologist
Joined the Institute
MD, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland; internal medicine residency, Pinnacle Health Hospitals, Harrisburg, PA; fellowship in hematology and oncology, University of Minnesota.
Dr. Dudek has been published more than 100 times in peer-reviewed medical journals for his work in lung cancer, melanoma and kidney cancer. In addition, he has written several editorials and book chapters on topics such as tumor biology and targeted cancer therapies. He serves as a research and clinical mentor to graduate students, junior faculty and clinicians.
Dr. Dudek discovered his calling to become a medical oncologist very early in medical school. He found cancer to be one of the most challenging human diseases, requiring the physician to have broad knowledge of all other medical disciplines and an understanding of cellular and molecular biology. The need for development of better therapies for cancer has led Dr. Dudek to look for novel cancer therapeutics and provide them to his patients who participate in cancer clinical trials in the early-phase clinical trials program at Regions Hospital.
Dr. Dudek is principal investigator in 12 clinical studies and is currently developing several new clinical trials focused on immune and targeted therapy of cancer. Two examples of his research: