Understanding Mutations, Biomarkers, and Precision Medicine

Midwest Lung Cancer Patient Summit Presentation:

Manish Patel, DO, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Fellowship Program Director, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation, University of Minnesota Medical School; Naomi Fujioka, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, University of Minnesota Medical School


Manish Patel

Dr. Patel is a medical oncologist at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. He is a lung cancer specialist caring for patients and doing research on new therapies for lung cancer. Dr. Patel was the proud recipient of the first A Breath of Hope Research Fellowship in 2014. His research is focused on immune therapy for lung cancer and he is testing novel forms of immune therapy in the laboratory and in clinical trials. He has remained active at A Breath of Hope over the years speaking at numerous events and currently serving on the Board of Directors and Research Committee. Dr. Patel is dedicated to advancing the treatment of lung cancer – finding better and safer forms of treatment that result in better survival and, ultimately, cure of patients with this disease.

Dr. Patel and his wife, Sheetal juggle busy medical careers while raising three lively boys. He is an avid lifelong tennis player and enjoys taking the family on hikes and camping.


Naomi Fujioka

Dr. Fujioka is a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of thoracic and head/neck malignancies at the University of Minnesota, where she has been on faculty for 10 years. Her research focuses on chemoprevention of tobacco and environmental carcinogen-related lung cancer using food-based interventions. She has been on the ABOHLF research committee for a number of years.