Dr. Scott Antonia, Chairman, Thoracic Oncology Department

Scott Antonia

Chairman, Thoracic Oncology Department

Scott Antonia, M.D., Ph.D., joined the Moffitt Cancer Cente in 1994, determined to find better ways to treat the patients and fight the diseases that he sees every day. That hasn’t changed almost 20 years later.

Get in touch

Content Contributors

Scroll

Written By

This page features: 11 cited research articles

About Scott Antonia

Accolades
  • Pleural and Lung Cancer icon

    Pleural and Lung Cancer

  • Research Excellence icon

    Excellence in Research

  • Team Leader icon

    Team Leader

  • 20+ Years of Experience icon

    20+ Years of Experience

  • Works for Specialty Center icon

    Works for Specialty Center

  • Immunotherapy icon

    Immunotherapy

“Advances have been made, but what we have now isn’t good enough. We have to do better.”

Antonia is both the chairman of the Thoracic Oncology Department and co-leader of the Immunology Program at Moffitt, now in a leadership role that has expanded his reach at one of the nation’s leading cancer centers.

Quick Fact:

Dr. Antonia holds two patents on technology he developed at Moffitt.

At Moffitt, he has developed a translational research program that has advanced immunotherapeutic strategies for the treatment of mesothelioma and other various cancers.

Better Therapies & Collaboration

He has focused on both immunotherapy and immunobiology, working extensively at gene modification to create tumor cell vaccines at both clinical and pre-clinical stages.

His strategy for developing better therapies revolves around three themes:

  • Develop gene-modified, tumor-cell vaccines that can produce anti-tumor immune responses.
  • Develop dendritic-cell-based vaccines.
  • Develop strategies designed to thwart the immunosuppressive mechanisms used by tumors to evade rejection.

Antonio also has worked on developing better collaboration between clinical research scientists and basic research scientists in hopes of accelerating novel therapeutic approaches to the trials.

Dr. Antonia Chairman, Thoracic Oncology Department

“Our principle motivation is to develop new therapies for unresectable (inoperable) tumors. Cancer treatments in general look more promising now than ever before, but we can’t stop now.”

Antonia also is the leader of Moffitt’s newly created Mesothelioma Research and Treatment Center, joining surgeon Jacques Fontaine, M.D., oncologist Tawee Tanvetyanon, M.D. and radiologist Craig Stevens, M.D., PhD., in a collaborative effort.

Talk to a Doctor About Your Diagnosis

We can help you or a loved one get in contact with Dr. Antonia and find the treatment that's best for you.

Get Started Today

Antonia is a professor of oncology at the nearby University of South Florida College of Medicine. He has done numerous novel studies that are highly acclaimed and has received patents on two technological advances that he developed.

Antonio received his medical degree and doctorate in immunology from the University of Connecticut Health Center. He was at Yale-New Haven Hospital for his residency, and both his medical oncology and immunobiology fellowships.

The National Cancer Institute awarded him a K24 grant to support his clinical research, and he was the principal investigator for a prestigious Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant given to the Thoracic Oncology Department at Moffitt.

Antonia is the medical director of the Tumor Vaccine Production Facility at Moffitt, along with serving as the chairman of the Scientific Review Committee. He was Moffitt’s Physician of the Year in 2005.

See More Top Mesothelioma Doctors

Disclaimer: Dr. Scott Antonia has no professional affiliation with Asbestos.com.

Scott Antonia
Get Help Contacting Scott Antonia

We value your privacy. By submitting, you agree to our privacy policy and disclaimer.

Get the Best Treatment Options

Find a Doctor
Asbestos.com Mesothelioma Packet

Order Your Free Treatment Guide

Get Yours Now

Find a Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Near You

Get Help Now

Share this article

Last Modified October 17, 2018

Senior Content Writer

Tim Povtak is an award-winning writer with more than 30 years of reporting national and international news. His specialty is interviewing top mesothelioma specialists and researchers, reporting the latest news at mesothelioma cancer centers and talking with survivors and caregivers.

2 Cited Article Sources

  1. Antonia, S. (October 4, 2012) Scott Antonia, M.D., phone interview with Asbestos.com.
  2. Moffitt Cancer Center. Biography. About This Physician. Scott J. Antonia, MD, PhD. 2012. Retrieved from: https://www.moffitt.org/providers/scott-antonia/
  •  
  •  
  •  

Did this article help you?

Did this article help you?

Thank you for your feedback. Would you like to speak with a Patient Advocate?

On This Page

Back to Top

On This Page

Content Contributors

Share Our Page

Free Awareness Wristbands

Get free mesothelioma wristbands to show support for a loved one

Get your wristbands Mesothelioma Wristbands
Get Your Free Mesothelioma Guide Chat live with a patient advocate now loading spinner