Dr. Mirda graduated cum laude in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and was a proud recipient of the National Merit Scholarship Award. He received his medical degree from Stanford Medical School and did basic research as a medical student under the prestigious Medical Scholars Program at Stanford. Dr. Mirda trained at the University of California, San Francisco in Internal Medicine and also his subspecialty training in Oncology and Hematology.
He spent many years in basic scientific research at both Stanford University (1982-83) and UCSF (1988-1993), and was an Associate Professor at UCSF. In 1993, he decided to focus on clinical research and clinical medicine, where he could apply the expertise and training from his scientific career to help patients directly. His prior expertise in Oncology/Hematology research and strong clinical training have allowed him to provide the latest in Oncology/Hematology care to his patients in a compassionate setting.
Dr Mirda has been the president of the Northern California Oncology Society (ANCO) over the last 8 years, advising the California legislature on laws that will impact cancer care, patients, and their physicians. He has worked with leadership at Stanford, UCSF, UC Davis, the CMA, and AMA to protect patient rights and access to care. He has also achieved national recognition by being elected to the national oncology organizations, ASCO and ASH, serving as chairman of all the state societies in the US, coordinating and working with national experts to maintain the highest quality Oncology/Hematology care. He also serves on the Board of Directors of ASCO, our national oncology organization. As part of his national presence, he is frequently on national panels, presenting to Medicare, NCCN, ASCO and ASH, representing the practicing physicians across the country.
Dr. Mirda has many academic awards, extensive teaching experience, and has participated on the board of directors of several charitable foundations. As part of his role as State Oncology Society President, Dr. Mirda participates in state of the art teaching conferences organized for oncologists and hematologists to remain current with the latest in oncology and hematology care. He continues to support the community with seminars for local patient support groups and charitable organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Sonoma County.
With the little free time that remains, he enjoys family life in Napa with his wife and children, one in the US Army and the other in medical school. His hobbies include skiing, golf, cycling, and windsurfing, if time allows. He also speaks fluent Spanish, which he improved in college but perfected later, as his wife is Chilean.