Amar Gajjar

Chair - Department of Pediatric Medicine

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital



Amar Gajjar studied medicine and also completed his internship at Grant Medical College in Bombay, India. He completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma and did his pediatric internship and residency at All Children’s Hospital, University of South Florida. He was Chief Pediatric Resident at USF (All Children’s Hospital) from 1988-1989. Dr. Gajjar completed his Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at St. Jude (1989-1992) and went on to complete an additional year of Fellowship in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology. Dr. Gajjar joined the Division of Neuro Oncology as a Faculty Member in 1993. Since joining the faculty Dr Gajjar has risen steadily through the academic ranks at St. Jude. He was appointed as Division Director of Neuro Oncology in 2002, promoted to Full Member (Professor) in 2004 and in 2005, he was appointed the Co-Leader of the Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program. In recognition of his academic excellence in 2007, he was awarded the Scott and Tracie Hamilton Endowed Chair in Brain Tumor Research. In 2016, he was appointed as Chair, Department of Pediatric Medicine. He is the principal or co-principal investigator in several innovative clinical trials of new treatments for a variety of brain tumors, especially medulloblastoma. He has been instrumental for the growth in the Neuro Oncology Program and was instrumental in developing an international collaboration with Australia, Canada and other leading institutions in the United States. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Neuro Oncology and Up-to-Date and has been on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He also serves as an Adhoc Reviewer for many scientific journals. Dr Gajjar contributed significantly to the literature and has published his work in several high impact journals. Dr Gajjar has mentored numerous fellows in neuro oncology who are scattered throughout the globe.