Amy L. Cummings, MD, PhD(c) is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Cummings is a thoracic oncologist, physician-scientist, and clinical trialist. Her academic interests include early-stage lung cancer, precision medicine, and equitable care. She currently serves as of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI).
Dr. Cummings earned her MD degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in 2013, where she graduated with honors and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed both her internal medicine residency (2013–2016) and her hematology and oncology fellowship (2016–2019) at UCLA. During her training, she served as Chief Fellow for the Hematology and Oncology Fellowship and co-Chief of the Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Cummings is a research scientist with a focus in bioengineering. She is interested in how technology can benefit patients, and specifically how informatics and clinical data can be used to improve treatment decisions, access to medical care, and ultimately, patient outcomes. She served as the Informatics Chair of the UCLA Health Equitable Care Committee (2017-2019) and led UCLA’s effort to develop comprehensive electronic medical record affirmation of sex, gender identity, and name.
Dr. Cummings has published extensively, and through her clinical practice as a hematologist and medical oncologist, is currently designing and conducting extensive early-stage lung cancer clinical trials. She is an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and the American Association for Cancer Research, in addition to many other professional organizations.
She has received numerous honors for her work as a scientist and researcher, including Dean’s Recognition from the Keck School of Medicine (2010, 2012–2013) and Commendation for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (2013, 2014). In 2016, she received an Olga Levin Inspiration Award and, in 2019, a National Young Investigator’s Award for lung cancer.