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Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCP, FAAN, FANA | Department of Neurology

Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCP, FAAN, FANA

Professor of Neurology

Vice Chair of Philanthropic Efforts

Vice Chair of Inclusive Excellence & Community Engagement

Division Chief for Neuro-oncology

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Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCP, FAAN, FANA

Professor of Neurology

Vice Chair of Philanthropic Efforts

Vice Chair of Inclusive Excellence & Community Engagement

Division Chief for Neuro-oncology

Areas of Interest

brain tumor treatment, cell communication through the transport of ions and metabolites

About

Dr. Soma Sengupta, MD, MBA, Ph.D., FRCP, FANA, FAAN, has joined UNC Health’s Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery. Dr. Sengupta is a board-certified neurologist, a fellowship-trained, sub-specialty board-certified neuro-oncologist, and is fellowship-trained in integrative medicine. She is a physician-scientist, clinical trialist specializing in brain tumor treatment and research with over 80 publications on clinical trials, case reports, lab-based research, and healthcare policy.

During medical training, Dr. Sengupta went out of her way to stay active in research and obtain diverse training, which included immunology research at the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research, research at Johns Hopkins, and pediatric brain tumor research at Boston Children’s Hospital. All these experiences focused on how a cell senses and communicates with the “outside world” through the transport of ions and metabolites of various sorts.

Dr. Sengupta’s primary area of lab-based research looks to improve patient outcomes for brain tumor patients. This includes individuals with primary brain tumors as well as metastatic brain tumors. Since her time in Boston, she has explored how to target a specific ion channel and discovered a new class of drugs to do so. Dr. Sengupta’s research also includes advancing technologies that have the potential to impact patient care.

Dr. Sengupta is a recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P Gold Foundation and the Unsung Hero Award presented by Cancer Family Care.

  • Doctor in Medicine

    University of Cambridge

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Biochemistry

    University of Cambridge

  • Residency in Neurology

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard

  • Fellowship in Neuro-Oncology

    Boston Children’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Mass General

  • Fellowship in Integrative Medicine

    Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, The University of Arizona