Leadership Team

Santosh Kesari


Santosh Kesari, M.D., Ph.D., is Chair and Professor in Department of Translational Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics and the Director of Neuro-Oncology Program at Pacific Neuroscience Institute and John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Kesari has expertise in neuro-oncology, neurologic complications of cancer, general neurology, and clinical trials of novel agents in brain tumors and phase I clinical trials across all cancers. He has basic science interests in molecular genetics, developmental biology, novel agents for brain tumors, cancer stem cells, biomarkers for brain tumors, and novel clinical trials for brain cancer therapeutic agents.


Dr. Kesari is responsible for advising on the scientific and medical direction at PrimeVax.

  • Relevant qualifications: Current Department Chair at John Wayne Cancer Institute and Founder of Pacific Neuroscience Institute. Past Director of Neuro-Oncology Program and Translational Neuro-Oncology Laboratory at UC San Diego. Several patents licensed out of his laboratory research.

  • Previous organizational experience: Director responsible for managing a team of 30+ team of oncologists, nurses, clinical trial staff and laboratory research staff.

  • Previous industry experience include: doctor and researcher in the oncology space. SAB member and thought leader advisor for several companies over the years. 

Santosh Kesari

Scientific Advisory Board Member