Marta Penas-Prado, M.D.

Marta Penas-Prado, M.D.
Associate Research Physician

Dr. Marta Penas-Prado is an Associate Research Physician in the Rare Tumor Patient Engagement Network (RTPEN) of the Neuro-Oncology Branch. She is a Neurologist and sub-specialty fellowship-trained Neuro-Oncologist. She has expertise in the development and execution of clinical trials, with a focus on gliomas, adult medulloblastoma, and other rare central nervous system (CNS) tumors.

Areas of Expertise

1) adult medulloblastoma, 2) gliomas, 3) rare CNS tumors, 4) clinical trials

Contact Info

Marta Penas-Prado, M.D.
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 82, Room 213
Bethesda, MD 20814
Ph: 240-760-6030

Dr. Penas-Prado has broad experience in developing and conducting clinical trials for patients with gliomas and other central nervous system (CNS) tumors. She has been a principal investigator in multiple investigator-initiated, industry-sponsored, and cooperative clinical trials, exploring the use of targeted therapies, adoptive cell therapy and other immuno oncologic therapies.

NIH Scientific Focus Areas:
Cancer Biology, Clinical Research, Immunology, Neuroscience

Selected Key Publications

  1. Maraka S, Groves MD, Mammoser AG, Melguizo-Gavilanes I, Conrad CA, Tremont-Lukats IW, Loghin ME, O'Brien BJ, Puduvalli VK, Sulman EP, Hess KR, Aldape KD, Gilbert MR, de Groot JF, Alfred Yung WK, Penas-Prado M.
    Cancer. Epub ahead of print, 2018. [ Journal Article ]
  2. Harrison RA, Kesler SR, Johnson JM, Penas-Prado M, Sullaway CM, Wefel JS.
    Psychooncology. Epub ahead of print, 2018. [ Journal Article ]
  3. Hashimoto Y, Penas-Prado M, Zhou S, Wei J, Khatua S, Hodges TR, Sanai N, Xiu J, Gatalica Z, Kim L, Kesari S, Rao G, Spetzler D, Heimberger A.
    J Neurooncol. 139(3): 713-720, 2018. [ Journal Article ]
  4. Kamiya-Matsuoka C, Cachia D, Waguespack SG, Crane CH, Mahajan A, Brown PD, Nam JY, McCutcheon IE, Penas-Prado M.
    Pituitary. 19(4): 415-21, 2018. [ Journal Article ]
  5. Cachia D, Wani K, Penas-Prado M, Olar A, McCutcheon IE, Benjamin RS, Armstrong TS, Gilbert MR, Aldape KD.
    Brain Tumor Pathol. 32(2): 105-11, 2015. [ Journal Article ]

Dr. Penas-Prado graduated with a medical degree from Facultad de Medicina y Cirugia, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. She completed a neurology residency at Hospital 12 de Octubre, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She completed her clinical neuro-oncology fellowship training at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. Prior to joining CCR, Dr. Penas-Prado was Associate Professor and Clinical Research Director of Neuro-Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Currently, she serves as an Associate Research Physician at the Neuro-Oncology Branch. She specializes in rare CNS tumors. Her research focuses on developing clinical trials for primary brain tumor patients.