Dr. Patrick Nana-Sinkam is Chair and Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. There and as part of the Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Nana-Sinkam diagnoses and cares for patients with lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as other thoracic cancers.
Dr. Nana-Sinkam is also the Linda Grandis Blatt Endowed Chair in Cancer Research and a member of the Cancer Cell Signaling and Cancer Prevention and Control research programs at VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Education and Career
Dr. Nana-Sinkam attended Williams College for his undergraduate education, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree before moving on to Wake Forest University School of Medicine to earn his medical degree. He then completed an internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, where he served as Chief Medical Resident and a fellowship in Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
After completing his medical education and training, Dr. Nana-Sinkam served on the faculty at the University of Colorado and as Associate Director of its fellowship training program. He then served as Director of Mentorship for the Center for Faculty Advancement, Mentoring, and Engagement at the Ohio State University before joining the faculty at VCU. He has published over 60 original scientific reports, 6 invited editorials/reviews, and eleven book chapters.
Professional Memberships and Activities
Dr. Nana-Sinkam is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Lung Association and a member of the National Cancer Institutes Early Detection Research Network. He helped author the ACCP Lung Cancer Guidelines III and has served as a member of several NIH Study sections. He is also an editorial board member for multiple scientific journals, including the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, and JCI Insight.
Dr. Nana-Sinkam has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the CHEST/LUNGevity Award for Clinical Research in Lung Cancer and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Ohio State University.
Dr. Nana-Sinkam’s research focus is on the molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer and the identification of novel tumor biomarkers for early lung cancer detection and surveillance. His research are funded by both the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Some of his recent publications include:
ncRNA Editing: Functional Characterization and Computational Resources. Giovanni Nigita, Gioacchino P Marceca, Luisa Tomasello, Rosario Distefano, Federica Calore, Dario Veneziano, Giulia Romano, Serge P. Nana-Sinkam, Mario Acunzo, Carlo M…> ;Methods in Molecular Biology. 2019 Jan 1
RNA Methylation in ncRNA: Classes, Detection, and Molecular Associations. Giulia Romano, Dario Veneziano, Giovanni Nigita, Serge P. Nana-Sinkam> ;Frontiers in Genetics. 2018 Jul 12
Extracellular Vesicle Biology in the Pathogenesis of Lung Disease. Serge P. Nana-Sinkam, Mario Acunzo, Carlo M. Croce, Kai Wang>; American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2017 Dec 15