Ohio State University, Ohio, USA
Dr. Villalona’s most significant contribution is his ability to apply novel therapeutic agents with diverse targets and translating his and others laboratory observations into solid tumor therapy. He has played a prominent leadership role in pioneering clinical and research teams that evaluated many novel cytotoxic agents. Dr. Villalona has been a strong force behind the recent establishment of the thoracic oncology center at OSU.
Dr. Villalona is an influential and enthusiastic mentor and teacher, providing inspiration and intellectual stimulus to oncology fellows and residents, particularly in a much-needed area of advising minority students and mentoring them in a career of academic medicine.