Ishwaria Subbiah, MD

Dr. Ishwaria Subbiah is a Palliative Care physician and medical oncologist in the Division of Cancer Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Dr. Subbiah is uniquely qualified for this role, having completed 3 clinical fellowships at MD Anderson first in developmental therapeutics, then in Medical Oncology and most recently in Palliative Medicine. With this robust foundation in phase I and II clinical trial design, novel therapeutics including immunotherapy and targeted therapies, fundamentals of medical oncology practice, and symptom management, Dr. Subbiah cultivates a clinical practice and research focus on supportive care driven by patient reported outcomes (PROs) for all patients with particular emphasis on the older adults. Her work focuses on the integration of technology-driven solutions to delivery high quality patient-centered oncologic care.

Dr. Subbiah has been the principal investigator on several studies for patients with advanced cancers on phase I clinical trials. She has published in multiple journals including the Journal of Clinical Oncology and has received several peer-reviewed grants including from the American Cancer Society and Andrew Sabin Family Foundation.  Dr. Subbiah chairs the Patient Survey Governance Committee at MD Anderson overseeing the institution-wide implementation of patient-reported outcomes into clinical practice. She also serves on the national Technical Expert Panel developing oncology PRO measures for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and on the Older Adult Oncology guidelines committee of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN).


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