Saiama Waqar, MBBS, MSCI

Saiama Waqar, MBBS, MSCI

Medical Oncologist

Primary Academic Title

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

Clinical Expertise

As a member of our lung cancer specialist team, Dr. Waqar cares for patients diagnosed with lung cancer through treatment and recovery. Learn more about how Dr. Waqar and Siteman approach lung cancer diagnosis and staging, treatment and recovery.

Research Interest

As a thoracic oncologist, my clinical and research focus is designing genomic studies geared towards personalized therapies for patients with lung cancer. I am interested in studying the molecular determinants of brain metastasis, genomics of relapsed small cell lung cancer and inherited genetic mutations predisposing to the development of smoking-related cancer.


  • 2001: MD, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan


  • 2001 - 2002: Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan, Karachi, Pakistan
  • 2005 - 2008: Resident, internal medicine, Washington University, St. Louis
  • 2008 - 2011: Fellow, hematology and oncology, Washington University

Board Certification

  • 2008: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • 2011: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Selected Research Publications

Pre-radiotherapy ctDNA liquid biopsy for risk stratification of oligometastatic non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Semenkovich NP, Badiyan SN, Samson PP, [...] Waqar SN, [...] Chaudhuri AA
  • NPJ Precis Oncol 2023
Neoadjuvant atezolizumab for resectable non-small cell lung cancer: an open-label, single-arm phase II trial.
  • Chaft JE, Oezkan F, Kris MG, [...] Waqar SN, [...] Carbone DP
  • Nat Med 2022
Small Cell Lung Cancer, Version 2.2022, NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology.
  • Ganti AKP, Loo BW, Bassetti M, [...] Waqar SN, [...] Hughes M
  • J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2021
Genomic Profiling of Lung Adenocarcinoma in Never-Smokers.
  • Devarakonda S, Li Y, Martins Rodrigues F, [...] Waqar SN, [...] Govindan R
  • J Clin Oncol 2021
Phase 1 study combining alisertib with nab-paclitaxel in patients with advanced solid malignancies.
  • Lim KH, Opyrchal M, Acharya A, [...] Waqar SN, [...] Wang-Gillam A
  • Eur J Cancer 2021
A phase I/II study of rovalpituzumab tesirine in delta-like 3-expressing advanced solid tumors.
  • Mansfield AS, Hong DS, Hann CL, [...] Waqar SN, [...] Aggarwal R
  • NPJ Precis Oncol 2021

Contact Information

  • West St. Louis County

    Medical Office Building 2, 10 Barnes West Drive
    Creve Coeur, MO 63141

  • Washington University Medical Campus

    4921 Parkview Place
    Saint Louis, MO 63110

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