Dr. Demetri is Co-Director of the Ludwig Center at Harvard and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and serves as Senior Vice President for Experimental Therapeutics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). Dr. Demetri was instrumental in the development of Gleevec® (imatinib) as the first effective therapy for gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) as a mutationally-driven solid tumor. His collaborative research efforts have contributed to worldwide regulatory approval of several other therapies, including sunitinib and regorafenib for GIST, as well as pazopanib, trabectedin, eribulin, and tazemetostat for other sarcomas. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Blueprint Medicines.
Dr. Demetri received his A.B. in Biochemistry at Harvard College and M.D. from Stanford Medical School. He completed his residency and chief residency at the University of Washington Hospitals in Seattle and his medical oncology fellowship at DFCI and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Demetri was the 2020 recipient of the David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).