Samir Ambrale, MD, MPH

Samir Ambrale, MD, MPH

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Core Clinical Member, Translational and Clinical Research, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center

Academic Appointment(s):
Assistant Professor, Translational and Clinical Research, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Associate Adjunct Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Guam

MD, Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Residencies - Internal Medicine, New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
Fellowship - Medical Oncology & Hematology, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT


Internal Medicine, 2013
Medical Oncology, 2016
Hematology, 2016


ASCO Advocacy Champion 2019, Senators Club level
ASCO Merit Award, Poster Presentation, ASCO annual meeting 2015

Research Focus

Dr Ambrale treats a wide variety of cancers and blood disorders. His research interests are to study the disparate rates of some cancers that are prevalent in Pacific Islanders and understand impacts of financial toxicity in cancer treatments.

Selected Publications

Ambrale SS, Rounds T, Sussman B, Rincon M, Kontos D,Keller D, Ji Y, Sprague B, Wood ME. (2015). Influence of inflammation on mammographic breast density in women at increased risk of breast cancer-Abstract presented as poster at ASCO annual meeting, May 2015. Recipient of Oncology Trainee Travel Award (OTTA) by the Conquer Cancer Foundation.

Kaiser KA, Cofield SS, Fontaine KR, Glasser SP, Thabane L, Chu R, Ambrale S, Dwary AD, Kumar A, Nayyar G, Affuso O, Beasley M, Allison DB. (2012). Is funding source related to study reporting quality in obesity or nutrition randomized control trials in top-tier medical journals? Int J Obes (Lond);Jul;36(7): 977–981.

Lamba G, Ambrale S, Lee B, Gupta R, Rafiyath SM, Liu D. (2012). Recent advances and novel agents for gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). epub J Hematol Oncol;May 8 10.1186/1756-8722-5-21.

Lamba G, Gupta R, Lee B, Ambrale S, Liu D. (2012). Current management and prognostic features for gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Exp Hematol Oncol Online; epub 2012 Jun 18. doi: 10.1186/2162-3619-1-14.

Publication list via PubMed

Active Grants

S. Ambrale, Sub-recipient PI; J. Berenberg & J. Acoba, Co-PIs
Hawaiʻi Minority/Underserved NCORP
08/01/2019 – 07/31/2025