Joaquim Bellmunt MD PhD, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston Massachusetts and member of DFCI/HCC. Affiliated to the Broad MIT Institute. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1982 and obtained his PhD cum laude in 1989 Dr. Bellmunt joined the Department of Medical Oncology, Hospital Vall d'Hebron taking over the Uro-oncology Clinic. In January 2006, he was appointed Chief of the Solid Tumor
Oncology Service of the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona. On March 2013, Dr. Bellmunt was appointed Director of the DFCI Bladder Cancer Clinic and Associate Professor at Harvard. Since November 2016 he is the Director of Research at the Parc de Salut Mar (PSMAR) in Barcelona and director of the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM).
As a genitourinary (GU) medical oncologist, Dr. Bellmunt has led urothelial cancer trials for over 15 years in Europe and has been doing so at DFCI till 2017. Recently, his research at the Bladder Cancer Center has focused on the role of checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment of GU malignancies (bladder and kidney). Dr. Bellmunt is now implementing prospective data collection of patients included in the immunotherapy trials in order to understand the underlying genetic and biological mechanisms of response and resistance.
Dr. Bellmunt is founding member and past president of SOGUG group. He is member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM). He has been part of the ASCO Congress Scientific Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology-Genitourinary (ASCO GU) where he has been involved in conferences as a Faculty Member. Dr. Bellmunt is also involved in most European guidelines for GU malignancies, including ESMO, SEOM and the European Association of Urology (EAU) and in the U.S. in the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) guidelines for BC.