Rita Nanda, MD

Hematology and Oncology (Cancer) | More

Associate Professor of Medicine Director, Breast Oncology Program

UChicago Faculty Physicians hold faculty positions with the University of Chicago and provide care for patients on the academic health system’s main campus in Hyde Park and in care centers throughout the Chicago region.

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 HMO (specialists only)
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare *see insurance page
  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2005

Board Certifications

  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine

Languages Spoken

  • English