William Gillanders, MD

William Gillanders, MD


Primary Academic Title

Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery, Division of General Surgery, Section of Surgical Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine

Clinical Expertise

As a member of our thyroid and breast cancer specialist teams, Dr. Gillanders cares for patients diagnosed with these cancers through treatment and recovery.

Research Interest

Translational research in cancer immunotherapy; neoantigen cancer vaccine development


  • 1991: MD, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
  • 2005: MSCR, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston


  • 1991 - 1993: Resident, general surgery, Washington University, St. Louis
  • 1993 - 1996: Research fellow, immunology, Washington University
  • 1996 - 1999: Resident and chief resident, general surgery , Washington University

Board Certification

  • 2000: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery

Selected Research Publications

Computational prediction of MHC anchor locations guides neoantigen identification and prioritization.
  • Xia H, McMichael J, Becker-Hapak M, [...] Gillanders WE, [...] Griffith M
  • Sci Immunol 2023
Challenges targeting cancer neoantigens in 2021: a systematic literature review.
  • Chen I, Chen MY, Goedegebuure SP, Gillanders WE
  • Expert Rev Vaccines 2021
Neoantigen vaccine platforms in clinical development: understanding the future of personalized immunotherapy.
  • Supabphol S, Li L, Goedegebuure SP, Gillanders WE
  • Expert Opin Investig Drugs 2021
Staging of the Axilla in Breast Cancer and the Evolving Role of Axillary Ultrasound.
  • Chen MY, Gillanders WE
  • Breast Cancer (Dove Med Press) 2021
Cancer vaccines: shared tumor antigens return to the spotlight.
  • Li L, Goedegebuure SP, Gillanders W
  • Signal Transduct Target Ther 2020

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Contact Information

  • Washington University Medical Campus

    4921 Parkview Place
    Saint Louis, MO 63110

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