ATOMIC: The Academic Thoracic Oncology Medical Investigators Consortium


About Us


D. Ross Camidge, M.D.
Director of ATOMIC

Dr. Camidge was educated at Cambridge University (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology), Cambridge, UK – 1992; and Oxford University Medical School, Oxford, UK – 1995. He joined the University of Colorado as a visiting professor in November of 2005, and was recruited as full-time faculty in October of 2007.

He is the Director of the Thoracic Oncology Clinical Program and the Program Director for the Thoracic Oncology Clinical and Translational Research Fellowship - a unique training program that provides extended research exposure for U.S. or International Senior Fellows interested in Thoracic Oncology. His focus is in Thoracic Malignancies and Developmental Therapeutics (Phase I studies). In 2012 he was announced as the recipient of the 5th Bonnie J. Addario Lectureship as a ‘Luminary in the quest to eradicate lung cancer.’ In 2013 he became the first physician to receive the Hank Baskett Sr. Spirit Award, for which he was credited as being ‘one of the leading minds in lung cancer today.’

Dr. Camidge is dual-trained in medical oncology and clinical pharmacology. The Developmental Therapeutics Program acquires access to a broad range of new drugs and in conjunction with the comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program - including a multi-disciplinary thoracic tumor board, exceptional translational science collaborators and the busy thoracic medical oncology cancer clinics - provides outstanding opportunities to develop new drugs for treating patients with thoracic malignancies. Dr. Camidge is the principal investigator on numerous national and international therapeutic trials. In addition, Dr. Camidge has written and is/has been the Principal Investigator on a number of Investigator Initiated Clinical Trials in the Thoracic Malignancies and Developmental Therapeutics programs.


John S. Macdonald, M.D.
John S. Macdonald, M.D.
Senior Medical Advisor and Consultant for ATOMIC

John S. Macdonald, MD, is Senior Medical Advisor for Criterium Inc. He served as Medical Director and Chief of Gastrointestinal Oncology at St. Vincent’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in New York City from 1998-2007. Dr Macdonald is Board certified in internal medicine and oncology. In addition to his responsibilities at the Saint Vincent’s Cancer Center from 1998 to 2007, Dr. Macdonald served as Chief of Medical Oncology at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at the New York Medical College.

Dr. Macdonald was named as the first recipient of an endowed professorship, the Lynn Wood Neag Distinguished Professor of Gastrointestinal Oncology, in 1999. He is recognized as a leading educator in Medical Oncology and has received numerous forms of recognition for his skills in medical education including being honored as Outstanding Clinical Attending Physician by the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University in 1977 and serving as a member of the Medical Oncology Section of the American Board of Internal Medicine from 1987 to 1993. Dr Macdonald served as Chair of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group between 1985 and 2000.

A leader in his field and a specialist in gastrointestinal cancer, Dr. Macdonald has authored more than 400 articles, abstracts and book chapters and has been published in many medical journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer; Recent Results in Cancer Research; Advances in Medical Oncology, Research, and Education; and Medscape Hematology-Oncology. In addition to his writing he has served as editor of multiple journals including Cancer Treatment Reports, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the Manual of Oncologic Therapeutics. In 2007 he served as editor of Advances in the Management of gastric Cancer.

Dr. Macdonald is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American College of Physicians, American Association for Cancer Research and American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has made over 400 presentations both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Macdonald received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He then went on to complete an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and was awarded a fellowship in oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He was awarded an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Fellowship. Dr. Macdonald was named a Fellow of the American Collage of Physicians in 1979.

Dr. Macdonald has received numerous awards and distinctions including being named in the Best Doctors in America listing in Good Housekeeping’s “Best 300 Doctors in America.” He has been named one of New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” over a seven year period.