Arjun Balar at [NYU Langone Health]

Arjun V. Balar, MD

  • Specialty: Medical Oncology
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 212-731-5820

About Me

I am the director of the genitourinary medical oncology program at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center. I lead a team of medical oncologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, and other care providers who are dedicated to treating people who have genitourinary cancers, such as prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and testicular cancer.

These cancers can affect a very wide variety of people, both young and old. They differ greatly from one another in their biology, which means treatment options also differ. I am a strong believer that patient education and shared decision-making are critical components of individualized patient care.

At NYU Langone, we focus on developing the best and most individualized treatment plans available for our patients. We know that each patient is truly an individual with unique characteristics and that people are affected by cancer in different ways, so we personalize the treatment process for each person.

My research focuses on bladder cancer and immunotherapy—treatments that harness the body’s own immune system to fight the cancer—as well as molecularly-targeted therapy. I also have extensive experience treating prostate, testicular, and kidney cancers.

A major focus of our team is providing people with access to the most advanced treatments available through clinical trials. I have focused largely on bladder cancer, leading the development of immunotherapies for advanced bladder cancer that have become the new standards of care. We also oversee a broad clinical trial program for kidney and prostate cancers. Our clinical trials are aimed at pushing the field forward to create better outcomes for all patients.


Conditions and Treatments

bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, adrenal tumor

Credentials

Positions
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Director, Genitourinary Medical Oncology Program
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology), 2012
  • American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine, 2010
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Medical Oncology, 2012
  • Residency, New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2009
  • MD from University Of South Florida, 2006
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Research My Research

Research Summary

The primary focus of my research is in development of new therapeutic strategies for patients with prostate, kidney and bladder cancers using novel, molecularly targeted medications. Through design and conduct of clinical trials, our team aims to improve upon the current standards of care with a focus on developing better tolerated and personalized treatments. In addition, I lead the NYU Genitourinary Oncology Tumor Registry which is a multidisciplinary effort involving clinical, basic science and translational researchers to characterize the genomic and molecular make up of genitourinary tumors and to better understand its impact on patient outcomes. Our aim is to study impact of these genetic and molecular factors on the clinical course of our patients and their response to the therapies we administer. Ultimately, our work may lay the foundation for a more individualized approach to our patients' care.

Research Interests Timeline

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Clinical Trials

  • TRITON3: A Multicenter Randomized Open-label Phase 3 Study of Rucaparib versus Physician s Choice of Therapy for Patients with Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer Associated with Homologous Recombination Deficiency
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  • An Open-Label Randomised Multi-Drug Biomarker-Directed Multi-Centre Multi-arm Phase 1b Study in patients with Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (MIBC) who have progressed on prior treatment (BISCAY)
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  • A Phase II Clinical Trial to Study the Efficacy and Safety of Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in Subjects with High Risk Non-muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC) Unresponsive to Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) Therapy
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Publications

  • Pembrolizumab produces clinically meaningful responses as first-line therapy in cisplatin-ineligible advanced urothelial cancer: Results from subgroup analyses of KEYNOTE-052 [Meeting Abstract]

    Powles, T; Bellmunt, J; Castellano, D; O'Donnell, P; Grivas, P; Vuky, J; Plimack, E; Hahn, N; Balar, A; Pang, L; Savage, M; Perini, R; Keefe, S; Bajorin, D; De, Wit R Powles, T; Bellmunt, J; Castellano, D; O'Donnell, P; Grivas, P; Vuky, J; Plimack, E; Hahn, N; Balar, A; Pang, L; Savage, M; Perini, R; Keefe, S; Bajorin, D; De, Wit R
    European urology supplements. 2017 March. Conference: (32nd): e285-e286

  • PD-1 and PD-L1 antibodies in cancer: current status and future directions

    Balar, Arjun Vasant; Weber, Jeffrey S Balar, Arjun Vasant; Weber, Jeffrey S
    Cancer immunology immunotherapy. 2017 Feb 17. 66 (5): 551-564

  • Pembrolizumab as first-line therapy in cisplatin-ineligible advanced urothelial cancer: Results from the total KEYNOTE-052 study population [Meeting Abstract]

    Balar, A V; Castellano, D E; O'Donnell, P H; Grivas, P; Vuky, J; Powles, T; Plimack, E R; Hahn, N M; De, Wit R; Pang, L; Savage, M; Perini, R F; Keefe, S M; Bajorin, D F; Bellmunt, J Balar, A V; Castellano, D E; O'Donnell, P H; Grivas, P; Vuky, J; Powles, T; Plimack, E R; Hahn, N M; De, Wit R; Pang, L; Savage, M; Perini, R F; Keefe, S M; Bajorin, D F; Bellmunt, J
    Journal of clinical oncology. 2017 February. Conference: (2017):

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