Dr. David Khayat
David Khayat, MD, PhD, author of The Anticancer Diet: Reduce Cancer Risk Through the Foods You Eat, is the head of medical oncology at the Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris. He has taught at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and has been a visiting professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He was president of the National Cancer Institute in France and appointed by the then-French president to head their war on cancer. He also cofounded the World Summit Against Cancer and was awarded the American Society of Clinical Oncology Distinguished Achievement Award.
Born in 1956 in Sfax, Tunisia, David Khayat completed his medical studies at the University of Nice. Early on, he turned to oncology, specialty being that deepens internal and head of the clinical hospital of Paris. In 1985 he obtained his doctorate in medicine in 1988 and his doctorate in Sciences in the field of immunology.
At 34, he was appointed professor of medicine at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), Physician Hospitals of Paris and Head of the Medical Oncology Service of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital Group.
David Khayat is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Association of Immunologists. In 2013, he was elected member of the Board of ASCO, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, a learned society for oncology worldwide.
Since 2001 he is adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Texas Medical School’s MD Anderson Center in Houston (USA). In 2007 he became advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization in Geneva.
He is a member of the National Council of Universities (oncology section).
Furthermore, Professor Khayat has received numerous national and international awards, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Distinguished Achievement Award. It was named in 2011 permanent member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Commitment to the fight against cancer
David Khayat now chairs La Foundation Avec, which has worked for over fifteen years in the fight against cancer and focuses its missions on three areas: improving the quality of life of patients, medical research and international mobilization.
Moreover, to raise awareness of this scourge that kills 150,000 people each year in France, David Khayat was at the initiative of the World Summit against cancer which was held at UNESCO in 2000. He is also aligned with the Paris Charter against Cancer, supported by Jacques Chirac, former President of the French Republic and UNESCO. This text allowed for the establishment of the World Day against cancer and the creation of the National Cancer Institute which he chaired from 2004 to 2006 and which he is now honorary president.
Anxious to mobilize individuals and States in the fight against cancer, David Khayat participates in many conferences on the occasion of summits like the New York Forum Africa in June 2013.
David Khayat is the author of many disparate works: medical books, scientific publications, novels, plays and even recipes books. He has written The Paths of Hope and The Handbook of Cancer. His latest book, The Anti-cancer Diet: Reduce Cancer Risk Through the Foods You Eat, published in 2015, focuses on prevention by raising public awareness and promoting healthy foods.
In 2010, David Khayat saw his works on cancer distinguished by Jean Bernard Prize Foundation for Medical Research. This award pays tribute to a personality of the scientific world who has made a valuable contribution in informing the public about the life sciences.
Convinced that a healthy and balanced diet can reduce the risk of cancer, David Khayat is interested in the virtues of food on our body. He was named “Man of the Year 2012” by the Revue du Vin de France and in 2013 appointed member of the Board of Directors of the City of Wine civilizations.
Honors and Awards
Distinctions in France
- Officer in the Order of Academic Palms, 2011
- Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, 2007
- Officer of the National Order of Merit, 2004
- Officer of the Order of Friendship between Peoples (Russia), 2007
- Commander of the British Empire (CBE), 2006
- Knight in the Order of the Lion of Senegal, 2006
- Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Agatha (Republic of San Marino), 2001
- Named “Man of the Year 2012” by the Revue du Vin de France, 2012
- Price: Professor Honoris Causa – University of Heraklion – Crete. 2011
- Jean Bernard Foundation Prize for Medical Research, 2010
- Special Award of Rotary International for the “Paths of Hope”, 2005
- Member, Board of analysis of society, placed to the Prime Minister since 2004
- President of the French-Israeli bilateral Interministerial Commission “high level” (2002-2006)
- Price Hippocrates Kos Island – Greece
- American Society of Clinical Oncology Distinguished Achievement Award, 2011
- American Society of Clinical Oncology Special Award (ASCO), 2005
- American Association Cancer Research (AACR) – Public Service Award 2000
- Gold Medal of the General Council of the Alpes Maritimes, 2004
- Gold Medal of the city of Nice, 2004
- Gold Medal of the City of St Die, 2000
- Vermeil Medal of the City of Paris, 1998