La recherche au service de la performance en Santé
U.INSERM 1290 - Research​ on Healthcare Performance
Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
U.INSERM 1290 - Research​ on Healthcare Performance

Research Team



University Professor - Hospital Practitioner in Medical Oncology, Leon Berard Center
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  • University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - Faculty of Medicine Lyon-Est
  • Léon Bérard Center - Department of Medical Oncology

Research axis

Research on cancers, rare cancers and medical practices.


Isabelle Ray-Coquard, MD, PhD, is medical oncologist in the Medical Oncology Department and the Institute for Clinical Science at the Centre Leon Berard, the regional Cancer Center in Lyon, France. She is also Professor of Medical Oncology in University Claude Bernard Lyon I, France. 

Prof. Ray-Coquard obtained her medical degree in 1997 specializing in oncology. In 2003 she received her PhD from the Université Claude Bernard for her research on the factors that determine medical practices in oncology. Prof. Ray-Coquard also received Master’s degrees in medical economy in 1996 and in statistics in1995. 

Since 2005, Prof. Ray-Coquard has served as Chairman of the gynaecologic group for clinical trials of the French National Cancer Institute (INCA) and she is currently the Network Director of the national observatory dedicated to rare ovarian cancer (, a network funded by the INCA commission and dedicated to the management of all rare ovarian cancer.

At the Groupe d’investigateurs national evaluation des cancers de l’ovaire (GINECO), Prof. Ray-Coquard has been active in the translational research advisory committee, the scientific committee, the rare tumors committee, and as a chairman of endometrial cancer subgroup. She is the current Past-President of GINECO. 

Since 2009, Prof Ray-Coquard is the chairman of the rare cancer working group from GCIG (gynaecological cancer intergroup) dedicated to clinical trials in the field of all gynaecological cancers. 

Prof. Ray-Coquard is an active member of a number of professional groups, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Connective Tissue Oncology Society, the French Society of Cancer, the European Association of Cancer Research, the EORTC organisation and the European Society of Medical Oncology.

Prof. Ray-Coquard has co-authored more than 230 peer-reviewed articles and over 200 abstracts and book chapters with an H factor of 34.

Prof Ray-Coquard has trained 8 Ph.D. Students, and 8 M.D. theses. He has participated to 12 jury of thesis, in national universities.