David Agus

David Agus, M.D.
Born January 29, 1965 (1965-01-29) (age 46)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Residence California
Citizenship American
Nationality American
Fields Personal genomics,
Biotechnology, Cancer
Institutions Navigenics, University of Southern California
Known for Co-founder of Navigenics. Former director of the Spielberg Family Center for Applied Proteomics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine, Director of the USC Westside Norris Cancer Center.

David Agus, (born January 29, 1965) is an American physician and a co-founder of Navigenics, a personal genetic testing company, and Oncology.com, the largest online cancer resource and virtual community and Applied Proteomics.[1] He is a Professor of Medicine and Engineering at the University of Southern California.[2]


Early life and education

He graduated cum laude in molecular biology from Princeton University and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Agus completed his residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed his oncology fellowship training at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.[2] He spent two years at the National Institutes of Health as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute-NIH Research Scholar.[3]


Agus has had a long and varied career. At the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, he was an attending physician in the Department of Medical Oncology and head of the Laboratory of Tumor Biology. He was also Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical Center.[2]

As director of the Spielberg Family Center for Applied Proteomics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, he led a multidisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to the development and use of proteomic technologies to guide doctors in making health-care decisions tailored to individual needs. The center grew out of earlier clinical projects at Cedars-Sinai, where Agus served as an attending physician in oncology, which showed striking differences between the aggressiveness of prostate cancer in certain patients and their ability to respond to treatment.[4]

Agus also served as Director of the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center, and as an attending physician in the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology at Cedars-Sinai. He was also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[1]

He currently is a Professor of Medicine and Engineering at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Viterbi School of Engineering and is the Director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and the USC Westside Norris Cancer Center.[5] Agus is co-Director of the newly funded USC-NCI Physical Sciences in Oncology Center together with Danny Hillis. [1]

Agus has received many honors and awards, including the American Cancer Society Physician Research Award, a Clinical Scholar Award from the Sloan-Kettering Institute, a CaP CURE Young Investigator Award and the American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellowship Award, the HealthNetwork Foundation’s Excellence Award, and the 2009 GQ Magazine Rockstar of Science Award.[2] In 2009, he was selected to serve as a judge for the first Biotech Humanitarian Award.[6]

Agus’ research has focused on the application of proteomics and genomics for the study of cancer and the development of new medications for cancer. He has published many scientific articles.

He is a member of several scientific and medical societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Cancer Research, American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology and the American Medical Association.[7]

Agus was recently named one of the "Future Health 100" by HealthSpottr.[8]

"The End of Illness" is Agus's first book, which will be released January, 2012 by the Free Press Division of Simon and Schuster. [9]

Personal life

Agus is married to Amy Joyce Povich, actress and daughter of syndicated television talk show host Maurice Povich. Her stepmother, Connie Chung, is a former CBS News anchor. Agus’ grandfather, the late Rabbi Jacob B. Agus, was a theologian and the author of several books on Jewish history and philosophy. Agus has two children, Sydney and Miles.[10]


Agus has one film credit to his name, appearing as “David Agus” in the 2006 documentary “Who Needs Sleep?”[11]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Navigenics, Inc. "David Agus, M.D." Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  2. ^ a b c d USC. "David B. Agus, M.D." Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  3. ^ David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "David Agus, M.D." Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  4. ^ Entrepreneurs' Organization. "Power Speakers" Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  5. ^ "USC Westside Norris Cancer Center" Retrieved 2011-22-11.
  6. ^ Biotechnology Industry Organization. "Notables in Research, Health Care and Philanthropy to Serve as Judges for First Annual Biotech Humanitarian Award." Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  7. ^ Milken Institute. "Milken Institute Global Conference: Speaker's Biography." Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  8. ^ http://healthspottr.com/ HealthSpottr
  9. ^ http://books.simonandschuster.com/End-of-Illness/David-B-Agus/9781451610178
  10. ^ New York Times. "Weddings; Amy J. Povich and David B. Agus." Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  11. ^ Internet Movie Database. "David B. Agus." Retrieved 2009-05-07.

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