Rishi Jain-CareerPath

Dr. Rishi Jain, MD, MS, DABOM, was born in New York City, but spent his childhood in Ohio after his family moved when he was very young. After graduating from high school, Dr. Jain enrolled at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, where he focused on the sciences, pursuing a major in biology. By taking extra summer classes and full credit loads each term, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in just 3 years. Instead of taking a year off following the completion of his undergraduate degree he joined the Masters of Human Nutrition program at Columbia University in New York City in 2006 to learn about public health and gain formal training on the role of nutrition in improving individual and population health. During this one year Master’s program, he learned about the importance of nutrition on chronic disease prevention and management. As part of his thesis, he studied the clinical significance of obesity-related nephropathy in an underserved population under the mentorship of Cathy Nonas. Despite multiple barriers, Cathy’s unwavering passion to improve health choices in low income neighborhoods was inspiring and ultimately contributed to many policy changes in NYC. In 2007, he moved back to Ohio to attend medical school at the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH. During medical school, he continued to find research mentors who were conducting nutrition-related research projects and this ongoing exposure to clinical and basic research were critical in confirming his desire to pursue a career in academic medicine. During his third and fourth year rotations, he found his passion in internal medicine that allowed him to develop long lasting relationships with patients and conduct novel nutrition-related clinical research.  During residency at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, from 2011-2014, he expanded his training into areas related to nutrition and cancer care through the mentorship of a leader in the field of Obesity and Cancer, Dr. Joseph Sparano. Under Dr. Sparano’s mentorship, Dr. Jain was exposed to the significant impact of obesity on breast cancer outcomes and participated in the development of a protocol evaluating the impact of a ketogenic diet in women with Breast Cancer. Dr. Sparano’s success in both research and clinical domains solidified Dr. Jain’s desire to pursue academic oncology. Following residency, Dr. Jain joined the medical oncology fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center in 2014, completing the fellowship in 2017. After a brief tenure at Ohio State University, Dr. Jain joined the faculty at Fox Chase as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology/Oncology December, 2018. In addition to his research at Fox Chase, Dr. Jain supports topics related to lifestyle habits and cancer risk, and he enjoys teaching students/residents and fellows. In his personal life, he loves spending time with family and friends, especially his wife and baby boy!