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Ishwaria M. Subbiah

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

2019 Subbiah Faculty Portrait cropped for web

Dr. Ishwaria Subbiah is a Palliative Care physician and medical oncologist at MD Anderson. She is uniquely qualified for this role, having completed 3 fellowships at MD Anderson first in new drug development, then in Medical Oncology and most recently in Palliative Medicine. Dr. Subbiah has received several peer-reviewed grants including from the American Cancer Society to improve the care of older adults with cancers.

At MD Anderson, she chairs the Patient Survey Governance Committee which oversees the institution-wide implementation of patient-reported outcomes into clinical practice. She also serves on the national Technical Expert Panel developing oncology outcomes measures for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and on the Older Adult Oncology committee of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) which sets the national guidelines for care of seniors with cancer.

Her ardent patient-level and institutional efforts as well as national/international advocacy reflect her commitment to develop the model of cancer care that seamlessly (and synergistically) integrates both cutting edge anti-cancer treatments and comprehensive holistic supportive care to deliver a cancer treatment experience in line with the values of each patient and their family.