Tanya Wildes, MD

Research Interests

Dr. Wildes’ clinical and research interests focus on the care of older adults with cancer. She is interested in how aging-associated vulnerabilities, such as comorbidities and functional status, impact a patient’s tolerance of cancer treatment and survival. She has expertise in completing comprehensive geriatric assessments in older adults and in measures of frailty. She currently has funded projects validating a risk-prediction model for falls in older adults with cancer and developing a fall prevention intervention for this population. Her overall career goal is to improve the lives of older adults by recognizing the factors that may make an individual more vulnerable to the adverse effects of cancer treatment, be that medical or surgical, and to improve their supportive care to allow them to receive optimal therapy for their malignancies, while meeting the patient’s goals of treatment.

Dr. Wildes completed her undergraduate education at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1998, and her medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in 2002. She completed her internal medicine residency and fellowships in hematology/oncology & geriatrics at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine. She earned her Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation at Washington University in 2012.