David Agus

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David Agus
David B. Agus World Economic Forum 2013.jpg
Agus at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in 2013
Known for
  • Professor of Medicine and Engineering
    *Co-founder of Navigenics
    *Co-founder of Applied Proteomics
Spouse(s)Amy Povich
Scientific career
FieldsPersonal genomics,
Biotechnology, Cancer
InstitutionsNavigenics, University of Southern California, CBS News

David Agus is an American physician and author.[1] He is a Professor of Medicine and Engineering at the University of Southern California.[2] He is co-founder of Navigenics,[3] a personalized medicine company and Applied Proteomics,[4] as well as a CBS News contributor.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

He graduated cum laude in molecular biology from Princeton University in 1987 and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in 1991.[6] Agus completed his residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed his oncology fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.[2] He spent two years at the National Institutes of Health as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute-NIH Research Scholar.[7]


Agus has had a long and varied career. At the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, he was an attending physician in the Department of Medical Oncology and head of the Laboratory of Tumor Biology. He was also Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell University Medical Center.[2]

As director of the Spielberg Family Center for Applied Proteomics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, he led a multidisciplinary team of researchers dedicated to the development and use of proteomic technologies to guide doctors in making health-care decisions tailored to individual needs. The center grew out of earlier clinical projects at Cedars-Sinai, where Agus served as an attending physician in oncology, which showed striking differences between the aggressiveness of prostate cancer in certain patients and their ability to respond to treatment.[8]

Agus also formerly served as Director of the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center, and as an attending physician in the Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.[9] He was also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is a Professor of Medicine and Engineering at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and is the Director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and the USC Westside Norris Cancer Center.[10] Agus is co-Director of the USC-National Cancer Institute Physical Sciences in Oncology Center together with Danny Hillis and Murray Gell-Mann.[11] Agus chairs the Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Genetics for the World Economic Forum,[12] and speaks regularly at TEDMED,[13] the Aspen Ideas Festival[14] and the World Economic Forum.[12]

Agus has received many honors and awards, including the American Cancer Society Physician Research Award, a Clinical Scholar Award from the Sloan-Kettering Institute, a CaP CURE Young Investigator Award and the American Society of Clinical Oncology Fellowship Award, the HealthNetwork Foundation's Excellence Award, and the 2009 Geoffrey Beene Foundation's Rock Stars of Science, as seen in GQ.[2] In 2009, he was selected to serve as a judge for the first Biotech Humanitarian Award.[15]

Agus's research has focused on the use of technology to model cancer and on new treatments cancer.[16] He has published many scientific articles.[17]

He is a member of several scientific and medical societies, including the Council on Foreign Relations,[18] the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Cancer Research, American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Medical Association.[19]

His first book, The End of Illness, was published January, 2012 by the Free Press Division of Simon & Schuster[20] and is a New York Times bestseller.[citation needed]

Agus became a contributor for CBS News in 2013 and appears regularly on CBS this Morning.[21] His second book, A Short Guide to a Long Life, was published in January, 2014 by Simon & Schuster and is a New York Times and international Bestseller.[22] His third book, The Lucky Years: How to Live in the Age of Smart Medicine, was published in January 2016, and is a New York Times bestseller.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Agus is married to Amy Joyce Povich, actress and daughter of syndicated television talk show host Maury Povich. Her stepmother, Connie Chung, is a former CBS News anchor. Agus' grandfather, Rabbi Jacob B. Agus, was a theologian and the author of several books on Jewish history and philosophy. Agus has two children, Sydney and Miles.[24] Agus is Jewish.


Agus appears in the 2006 documentary Who Needs Sleep?

Agus was also the physician to Johnny Ramone during his battle with prostate cancer.[25]


  1. ^ https://www.amazon.com/David-Agus/e/B005QU10AS
  2. ^ a b c d USC. "David B. Agus, M.D." Archived 2011-11-26 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  3. ^ "David Agus, M.D." Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved May 7, 2009
  4. ^ "Applied Proteomics, Inc". Archived from the original on 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  5. ^ "Dr. David Agus". October 9, 2014.
  6. ^ "1990s Donors". Medical Alumni Donors. Penn Medicine Alumni. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  7. ^ David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. "David Agus, M.D." Retrieved May 7, 2009
  8. ^ Entrepreneurs' Organization. "Power Speakers" Archived 2009-02-17 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved May 6, 2009
  9. ^ "D.B. Agus Joins Cedars-Sinai, Prostate Cancer Institute". May 13, 2000. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014.
  10. ^ "USC Westside Norris Cancer Center" Archived 2013-01-22 at Archive.today Retrieved November 22, 2011
  11. ^ http://www.uscpsoc.org
  12. ^ a b "David B. Agus". David B. Agus - World Economic Forum.
  13. ^ "TEDMED - Speaker: David Agus". TEDMED.
  14. ^ "David Agus - Aspen Ideas Speaker".
  15. ^ "Notables in Research, Health Care and Philanthropy to Serve as Judges for First Annual Biotech Humanitarian Award". Biotechnology Industry Organization. April 21, 2009. Archived from the original on October 13, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
  16. ^ "David B. Agus, MD". Keck Medicine.
  17. ^ "david agus". NCBI.
  18. ^ "Membership Roster". Council on Foreign Relations. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014.
  19. ^ Milken Institute. "Milken Institute Global Conference: Speaker's Biography." Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved May 7, 2009
  20. ^ The End of Illness | Book by David B. Agus - Simon & Schuster. Books.simonandschuster.com. 2012-01-17. ISBN 9781451610178. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  21. ^ "Breaking News - Pioneering Biomedical Researcher and Leading Oncologist Dr. David Agus Is Named a CBS News Contributor - TheFutonCritic.com".
  22. ^ Agus, David B.; Loberg, Kristin (2014). A Short Guide to a Long Life. ISBN 9781476730950.
  23. ^ "Best Sellers - Jan. 31, 2016". The New York Times.
  24. ^ Amy J. Povich; David B. Agus (June 5, 1994). "Weddings". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 31, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
  25. ^ Loder, Kurt (June 16, 2004). "Johnny Ramone Not Dying His Doctor Says". MTV News. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.

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