Faculty Profile

Marina Garassino
Section of Hematology / Oncology
Professor of Medicine
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730
Director, Thoracic Oncology Program

Academic Interests

Marina Chiara Garassino, MBBS,is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of thoracic malignancies. Dr. Garassino graduated from the Medical School of Università degli Studi of Milan, Italy, where she also completed her training in medical oncology. After a fellowship at the Christie's Hospital in Manchester (UK), she served as a physician oncologist in prestigious Italian cancer centers. She led the Thoracic Medical Oncology Unit at one the most renowned comprehensive cancer centers in Italy, the Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori of Milan, and led clinical and translational research in advanced and locally advanced NSCLC, mesothelioma, thymoma and thymic carcinoma due to her efforts in drug development, precision medicine and in immuno-oncology. She has authored over 175 peer-reviewed publications including several which have radically changed the treatment paradigm of and treatment guidelines for lung cancer around the world. In response the COVID-19 emergency, Dr. Garassino established and brought together an international group of physicians and investigators to study the impact of COVID-19 on patients with lung cancer. This led to the initiation of the Thoracic Cancers International COVID-19 Collaboration, or TERAVOLT, a global registry for patients with thoracic cancers and COVID-19. Currently, 180 centers from 25 countries have joined the consortium. Data from this consortium has been published in Lancet Oncology and Cancer Cell. Dr. Garassino has been the recipient of many international awards from prestigious organizations like the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and she is the founder and president of Women for Oncology Italy. She is a strong advocate for gender equality believing in the importance and value of creating an environment with diversity.

Clinical Interests

Lung Cancer, mediastinal tumors.



  • MD, 1995, University of Study of Milan, Medicine and Surgery
  • Clinical Internship, 1998, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Radiochemotherapy
  • Specialist in Oncology, 2000, University of Study of Milan, Oncology
  • Clinical Intership, 2000, Instituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Pediatric Oncology
  • Fellowship, 2009, Christie's Hospital Manchester Lung Cancer Unit, Lung Cancer
  • MA, 2016, University of Economics Luigi Bocconi, Oncology Management