Misako Nagasaka, MD



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  • ABIM Hematology, Hematology
  • ABIM Oncology, Medical Oncology
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine - General
  • English
  • Japanese
Medical School
St. Marianna University School of Medicine
Mount Sinai Beth Israel HospitalInternal Medicine
Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Karmanos Cancer InstituteHematology and Oncology
Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor — Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, UCI School of Medicine
Awards and Recognition
  • 40 Under 40 in Cancer award — 2020
More Information

Dr. Misako Nagasaka is a board-certified UCI Health oncologist who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of lung and thyroid cancer. 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 Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center in Orange.

UCI Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
101 The City Drive South, Building 23
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-8000
Fax: 855-211-3729