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2018 Featured Talks » Rana McKay



Targeting PARP in Prostate Cancer: Promise and Pitfalls


Rana McKay, MD
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center






Rana McKay, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center


Rana R. McKay, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in treating people with genitourinary (urologic) cancers, including bladder cancer, kidney cancer, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Dr. McKay is part of the urologic cancer unit at UC San Diego Health’s Moores Cancer Center, where she works alongside a multidisciplinary team to provide patients with highly specialized care.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Dr. McKay instructs medical students, residents, and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Her primary research interests include the design and implementation of clinical trials to advance the treatment of patients with genitourinary cancers. As a clinical investigator, she is committed to advancements in cancer care that will improve the lives of cancer patients. Furthermore, she is interested in understanding mechanisms of response and resistance to specific cancer therapies. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research, and Cancer, among others.

  Before joining UC San Diego Health in 2016, Dr. McKay was a medical oncologist at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Boston and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. McKay completed a fellowship in oncology/hematology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in internal medicine at John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. Dr. McKay earned her medical degree at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL. She is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. 

Dr. McKay is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research.