Dr. Misako Nagasaka is a board-certified UCI Health oncologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of lung and thyroid cancers. Her clinical interests also early-phase clinical trials, medical ethics and survivorship care for patients.
She received her medical degree as well as a PhD from St. Marianna University School of Medicine in Kawasaki, Japan. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine's Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Mich.
Her research interests include molecular targeted therapy for lung cancer and head and neck tumors, immunotherapy and ways to improve patient outcomes. Prior to joining UCI Health, she served as an assistant professor and researcher at Wayne State and the Karmanos institute, she was the principal site investigator on more than 20 lung cancer studies.
Nagasaka, who is fluent in Japanese, sees patients at the UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in Orange.