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About Us

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Robert Nagourney, Nagourney Cancer Institute, formerly Rational Therapeutics, is a fully accredited federal and state licensed laboratory with the primary purpose of personalizing cancer patient treatments.
Cancer Research

Pioneer in Cancer Research & Personalized Cancer Treatment

Dr. Robert Nagourney has been a pioneer in cancer research and personalized cancer treatment for over 20 years. He is the founder and medical director of Nagourney Cancer Institute (formerly Rational Therapeutics) and Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. Also, he is a practicing oncologist and triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology.

With more than 20 years’ experience in human tumor primary culture analyses, Dr. Nagourney has authored more than 100 manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts including publications in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gynecological Oncology and The Journal of National Cancer Institute.

As co-investigator on national cooperative trials, Dr. Nagourney is recognized for the introduction of Cisplatin/Gemcitabine doublets in the treatment of advanced ovarian and breast cancers.

In March 2013, his book Outliving Cancer was released by Basic Health Publications.  Outliving Cancer is Dr. Nagourney's story of discovery, the biology of cancer and how best to treat it.  

Dr. Nagourney’s Educational Background

Undergraduate Education

Boston University, BA Chemistry
Summa Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa with Distinction in Biochemistry

Medical Education

McGill University, Montreal, Canada
University Scholar

Residency

Internal Medicine
University of California Irvine, Long Beach VA Medical Center

Residency

Medical Oncology
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC

Residency

Hematology
Scripps Clinical & Research Institute, La Jolla CA
Recipient of the Scripps Institute Young Investigator Award

About Our Laboratory

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Robert Nagourney, Nagourney Cancer Institute (formerly Rational Therapeutics) is a fully accredited federal and state licensed laboratory with the primary purpose of personalizing cancer patient treatments.

Steve Evans, Chief Operations Officer, oversees the day-to-day operations of the laboratory, including personnel and data analyses. With more than 25 years of doing cancer research, he has co-authored five manuscripts, 34 research abstracts and has presented research findings at the annual meetings of the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Most types of cancers can be tested by Nagourney Cancer Institute and samples arrive from all over the US and internationally.  Since the test involves living cancer cells, the samples MUST arrive in a very timely manner, within 24-36 hours.