December 8, 2022:

Ali Ajrouch, MD, is a thoracic oncology post doctoral fellow at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Ajrouch’s current research focuses on improving outcomes in lung cancer patients. This includes improving health disparity by increasing access to lung cancer screening and early detection, identifying factors delaying patient care, incorporating novel technologies to personalize treatments and understanding treatment side effects.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Nasser Hanna, Dr. Ajrouch’s most recent projects aim to (1) use circulating tumor DNA as a marker to personalize immunotherapy duration following chemoradiation consolidation in stage III NSCLC and (2) widen the bottleneck to lung cancer screening and smoking cessation services by using the mammography setting as a bridge to preventative care.

Three interesting facts about Ali Ajrouch, MD:

  • I starred on a TV show as a kid for a year. So yeah, there’s a chance I peaked at 11.
  • I learned how to ride a bike at age 26 when I first moved to Indy. Now my e-bike commute is one of my favorite things about my day.
  • My mom will definitely share this all over Facebook.

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