Joel Picus, MD

Joel Picus, MD

Medical Oncologist

Primary Academic Title

Professor of Medicine, Division of Oncology, Section of Medical Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine

Clinical Expertise

As a member of our prostate, bladder and kidney cancer specialist teams, Dr. Picus cares for patients diagnosed with these cancers through treatment and recovery.

Research Interest

Clinical trials for treatment of GU and GI malignancies, including new agents, new modalities and especially multimodality therapy. Also, some interest in looking at prognostic factors in tumors.


  • 1984: MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston


  • 1984 - 1987: Intern and resident, internal medicine, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
  • 1987 - 1991: Fellow, hematology/oncology, University of California, San Francisco

Board Certification

  • 1987: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • 1989: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
  • 1990: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology

Selected Research Publications

Phase 1 study combining alisertib with nab-paclitaxel in patients with advanced solid malignancies.
  • Lim KH, Opyrchal M, Acharya A, [...] Picus J, [...] Wang-Gillam A
  • Eur J Cancer 2021
Angiokines Associated with Targeted Therapy Outcomes in Patients with Non-Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma.
  • Armstrong AJ, Nixon AB, Carmack A, [...] Picus J, [...] Halabi S
  • Clin Cancer Res 2021