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Medeiros Named First Chairman of Hematopathology at M. D. Anderson

Medeiros Named First Chairman of Hematopathology at M. D. Anderson
M. D. Anderson News Release 12/18/02
L. Jeffrey Medeiros, M.D. has been appointed the first chairman of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Department of Hematopathology – team of researchers and hematopathologists expert in blood-related cancers.

Medeiros has been a member of the Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at M. D. Anderson since 1998, joining the division as professor and chief of the lymphoma section.

The hematopathology department, created three years ago, bridges both patient care and basic research, and is one of the largest such departments in the country. Not only does the faculty examine more than 20,000 blood tests, bone marrow and lymph node specimens annually for evidence of leukemia and lymphoma the most common cancers of blood cells – their research efforts have also led to a better understanding of these diseases.

To date, more than 80 different kinds of leukemia and lymphomas have been identified, and each is likely to have unique molecular mechanisms that may require equally unique treatment, says Medeiros. “At M. D. Anderson, the goal is to identify and understand the molecular abnormalities of each of these diseases. In this way,we can develop tests to diagnose these cancers more effectively, and direct new drugs, developed by others,at these molecular targets, providing clinicians more effective treatments,” says Medeiros.

Discoveries in hematological cancers also have helped researchers studying solid tumors, says Medeiros.

“Blood and bone marrow are easier to obtain than specimens from solid tumors, and this
access has allowed more extensive study of blood-related cancers. A number of molecular abnormalities have been identified in leukemias and lymphomas, such as translocations of chromosomes. Some of the genes and molecular pathways involved in these abnormalities also are abnormal in solid tumors.” 

Medeiros, a Massachusetts native, received his B.S. degree from Providence College and his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He had postgraduate training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Stanford University Medical Center and the National Cancer Institute. He worked at Rhode Island Hospital, part of Brown University School of Medicine, and the City of Hope National Medical Center prior to coming to M. D. Anderson.


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