Joseph Alvarnas, MD


Flying the Plane While You Build It

February 16, 2021

In this issue of Evidence-Based Oncology™ we see a foreshadowing of what the future of cancer care innovation could look like and how we may learn to move forward, safely, at an ever-accelerating pace.

From the Editor-in-Chief: Bigger Questions of Systems, Viruses, and the Lives of Real People

June 19, 2020

As I recall the early days of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, what stands out most is its profound human cost and the courage of those who helped our society transcend it. We are in the midst of a time in which the human toll of COVID-19 and the enormity of the path ahead are clear.

Humility and Hope: Evolution of the HIV Pandemic, From ART to Today's Cancer Cures

June 19, 2020

The connections between cancer and HIV/AIDS became clear relatively early in the HIV/AIDS pandemic and continue to this day. Not only were opportunistic infections present in a majority of HIV-infected patients who met the initial diagnostic criteria for AIDS, but several cancer types were far more prevalent as well. While there is still much to understand before HIV is fully conquered, we have already learned a great deal about the pathobiology of this virus that has helped advanced immune-oncological technologies and led to the development of increasingly effective gene therapy delivery systems.