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Upendra P. Hegde, M.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Chief Medical Oncologist, Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology; and Head and Neck Cancer/Oral Oncology
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 800-579-7822
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M.B.B.S.Goa Medical CollegeMedicine, Surgery
M.D.Goa Medical CollegeGeneral Medicine

Post-Graduate Training
ResidencyGoa Medical College and HospitalCompulsory Rotatory
ResidencyGoa Medical College and HospitalPsychiatry and Human Behavior
ResidencyGoa Medical College and HospitalInternal Medicine
ResidencyGoa Medical College and HospitalInternal Medicine
FellowshipTata Memorial Cancer HospitalHematology/Oncology
FellowshipTata Memorial HospitalHematology/Oncology
Research ScholarRush University Cancer Institute
ResidencyCook County HospitalInternal Medicine
FellowshipNational Heart, Lung, and Blood InstituteHematology and Medical Oncology

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
America's Top DoctorsCastle Connolly's
Top Doctor in Connecticut Magazine 2017Connectictut Magazine
Leonard Tow 2016 Humanism in Medicine AwardThe Arnold P. Gold Foundation
America’s Best DoctorU.S. Public News
Named Top Doctor, Connecticut Magazine Survey of Connecticut Doctors Connecticut Magazine
Best Teaching Award, Hematology/Oncology Training Program, 2008-2009 UConn Health Center
PAWS Team Award, UConn Health CenterUConn Health Center Cares Council
Recipient of Scholarship Towards ASCO/AACR Workshop
Humanitarian Resident AwardCook County Hospital
Humanitarian Resident Award, Chicago, Illinois, 1996-1997 Cook County Hospital
USMLE 1, 2, 3
J.N. Tata Endowment Travel Scholarship
Research Scholarship, Chicago, Illinois, 1992-1995 Rush University Cancer Institute
Khandelwal Junior Oncology Award, Madras, India Indian Society of Oncology
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Institutional Review BoardProfessional/Scientific OrganizationCo-Chairman Panel 2UConn HealthUniversity2014
Quality and Resource ManagementAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthLocal20142018
Institutional Review BoardOtherChairmanUConn HealthLocal2014
Scientific Review Committee for the American Cancer Society Research Awards Professional/Scientific OrganizationCommittee MemberExternalNational2009
Search Committee for Faculty RecruitmentEducation CommitteeCommittee MemberUConn HealthUniversity2009
Schwartz Round Planning and Patient Selection CommitteeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberUConn HealthUniversity2009
Scientific Review Committee for the Institutional American Cancer Society Research AwardProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberUConn HealthUniversity2009
Search Committee for Medical Oncology/Hematology Faculty RecruitmentProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberUConn HealthUniversity2009
Search Committee for Gynecologic Oncology Faculty RecruitmentProfessional/Scientific OrganizationQuality Assurance LiaisonUConn HealthUniversity2009
American Association for Cancer ResearchProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2005
Connecticut State Society of Medical OncologyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState2003
Cancer Registry and Quality Control CommitteeAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn HealthUniversity2003
American Society of Clinical OncologyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2000
American Society of HematologyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational19982003
Department of Medicine Q/A committeeProfessional/Scientific OrganizationLiaisonUConn HealthUniversity

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Skin Cancers and Melanoma
    Hegde UP, Agarwala SS The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology 2018 Jun;
  • Skin Cancers and Melanoma: Review questions
    Hegde UP, Agarwala SS The Bethesda Review of Clinical Oncology 2018 Jun;205-220


  • Peripheral blood T-cell functional assay as a predictive biomarker of immune-therapy of metastatic melanoma.
    Parmar H, Chakraborty N, Hegde UP* Journal of Clinical Oncology 2018 Jun;36(Suppl abstr e21593):
  • Determination of the potential of detecting 3q gain as a valuable biomarker in the management of patients with human papilloma virus (HPV) associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC)
    Hegde UP, Kershnar E, Dowsett R, Masternak S, Verma Y, Triantafyllos ASCO Annueal Meeting 2017 (suppl:abstr e17534)
  • Immune checkpoint inhibitor treatment of advanced age metastatic melanoma (MM patients.
    Hegde UP, KerrP, Masternak S, Brenner BM, Grant-Kels J ASCO Annual Meeting Abstracts 2017 (suppl;abstr e14603)
  • Quite breaking my heart; 5-Fluorouracil Associated Cardiomyopathy Presented by the first author at the national meeting of the Society of Internal Medicine in Washington 2017
    Zawadzka S, Hegde UP National Meeting of the Society of Internal Medicine in Washington 2017

Case Reports

  • Bilateral spontaneous subdural hematomas as the initial presentation of von Willebrand Disease: A case report and review of the literature
    Van den Bergh M, Panwala A, Khanapara D, Hegde UP

Conference Papers


  • Peripheral blood T-cell functional assay as a predictive biomarker of immune-therapy of metastatic melanoma
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Metastatic melanoma in the elderly Clinical observations and Immunologic insightsTalkVA2018VA, West Haven, CT
Metastatic melanoma in the aging population: clinical and immunologic insightsTalkNational Cancer Center, National Institutes of Heallth2018Bethesda, MD
Metastatic melanoma in the elderly: T cell checkpoint blockade and toxicity - does age matter?TalkDepartment of Immunology2018UCONN, Department of Immunology
Peripherally induced Tregs or pTregs are the potent tolerance inducer for the growth and metastasis of cancerPosterAmerican Association of Cancer Research, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL 20182018Chicago, IL
Case Conference 1/6/17LectureUConn2017UConn
Case Conference 4/7/17LectureUConn2017UConn
Case Conference 7/7/17LectureUConn2017UConn
Case Conference 10/6/17LectureUConn2017UConn