Rita Nanda, MD

Hematology and Oncology (Cancer) | More

Associate Professor of Medicine Director, Breast Oncology Program

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Rita Nanda, MD, specializes in the treatment of all forms of breast cancer. Dr. Nanda’s practice focuses on women with triple-negative, hereditary, locally advanced and metastatic breast cancers. She is a strong advocate of using chemotherapy prior to surgery (neoadjuvant chemotherapy) to better understand how an individual's tumor responds to therapy, so that treatment can be tailored to each patient's unique case.

Dr. Nanda’s research interests include identifying new and better treatments for the management of breast cancer. She leads the UChicago Medicines breast cancer clinical trial program. She has extensive knowledge of clinical trials and new therapies in development for all forms of advanced breast cancer. She serves as a principal investigator for the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC) and the I-SPY 2 Clinical Trial Network. 

Dr. Nanda’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network. She currently serves as a co-principal investigator on the University of Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Cancer Health Disparities P20 SPORE.

Medical Education

  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine


  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • University of Chicago Medicine


  • University of Chicago Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare*
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2005

Board Certifications

  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken

  • English