Parvesh Kumar

Professor, UNLV School of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Mountain West CTR-IN
Expertise: Radiation Oncology, Clinical Research


Dr. Parvesh Kumar is an expert in radiation oncology and clinical research management.

Kumar has a national reputation for establishing and building academic departments of radiation oncology and clinical research programs. Prior to joining the UNLV School of Medicine in February 2016, Kumar served as the founding chair of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's radiation oncology department. He also served as the associate director for radiation oncology for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rutgers.

An accomplished researcher, Dr. Kumar has a track record of extramural grant funding by conducting several investigator-initiated clinical trials. In addition, he has led several national cooperative group clinical trials in lung cancer, head and neck tumors, and prostate cancer. He is a pioneer in the use of concurrent chemotherapy (docetaxel) with radiation in patients with locally advanced high-risk prostate cancer. 

At UNLV, Kumar is a tenured professor who also serves as the principal investigator of the Mountain West Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network (CTR-IN) Program. The program is a consortium of 13 Mountain West universities, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through a grant aimed at increasing research capacity throughout the region.


  • M.D., University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Residency in Radiation Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University

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Parvesh Kumar In The News

September 27, 2017
The vision of Las Vegas as a world-renowned hub for cancer treatment took center stage last week at a gathering of experts on the No. 2 killer of Americans.
March 30, 2016
The UNLV School of Medicine has hired internationally renowned radiation oncologist and cancer researcher Dr. Parvesh Kumar to lead its cancer program and oversee its overall clinical research effort.

Articles Featuring Parvesh Kumar

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Research | November 27, 2019
Expanding research activity results in multiple grants and publications.
Research | August 23, 2018
Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network to expand research capacity at UNLV and 12 partner institutions with the aim of improving the health of residents.
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Research | March 21, 2018
UNLV research administrators on creating an environment to connect faculty from different disciplines.
Research | July 13, 2017
The Mountain West Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network helps 13 universities support the faculty and research that will improve human health in seven states.