Dr. VanderWalde’s research interests include immune therapies in solid tumors and melanoma. He is Director of Research at West Cancer Center; Senior Medical Director at George Clinical; and Medical Director of Precision Medicine at OneOncology. He has collaborated and participated on advisory board with many of the nation’s thought leaders and top experts in the field and previously served as United States Medical Lead and Clinical Research Medical Director with Amgen Inc., directing U.S. global development of talimogene laherparepvec, a novel viral-based immunitherapeutic that has shown efficacy in late-stage clinical trials in melanoma.
As Director of Research at West Cancer Center, Dr. VanderWalde is responsible for managing the portfolio of all clinical trials at the Cancer Center. He also serves as Medical Director of the Clinical Trials Network of Tennessee. He has been involved in research targeting therapy in a more personalized fashion based on immune markers and aberrations in cancer genetics.