Dr. Mell graduated from Stanford University in 1996, where he received degrees in Mathematics (BS) and Economics (BA). He received his MD from the University of Chicago in 2003. After completing his internship, he returned to the University of Chicago for residency, where he was named Chief Resident. He has expertise in medical statistics and clinical trial design and has previously worked for the National Bureau of Economic Research in Palo Alto, California (1995-1997), and the Center for Health Studies in Seattle, Washington (1997-1999).
Dr. Mell serves as Chief of the Head and Neck Radiation Oncology Service and is the Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Division for the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences. His primary research interests include image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and clinical trial design. He is the Principal Investigator of multiple clinical trials at UCSD, including cooperative group studies conducted by the NRG Oncology Group, and oversees several nationally and industry-funded research grants.
He is the Principal Investigator of the International Evaluation of Radiotherapy Technology Effectiveness in Cervical Cancer (INTERTECC) Trial, an international Phase II/III trial of IMRT for patients with gynecologic cancers. His research explores the effectiveness of image-guided bone marrow sparing radiation techniques. He also conducts Phase I clinical trials of novel therapeutic strategies for gynecologic and head/neck cancers. Dr. Mell serves on several national committees including the NRG Cervix Committee, the NRG Head and Neck Cancer Committee, and the NCCN Head and Neck Cancer Committee. He is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, the leading journal in the field of radiation oncology. Outside work, Dr. Mell is a proud father of two sons, Ryan (14) and Elliot (9). He and his wife, Gina were married in Seattle in 1999. He enjoys sports, hiking, and spending time with family.
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