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Richard Alexander JrDr. H. Richard Alexander Jr. - Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dr. Alexander is an internationally recognized cancer surgeon and surgical oncologist at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. He is also the associate chairman for clinical research in the University of Maryland Department of Surgery. His research interests include perfusion techniques to treat patients with advanced cancers of the limb, liver, and peritoneal cavity. Dr. Alexander was formally the deputy director of the NCI's Center for Cancer Research.

    University of Maryland Medical Center
    Greenebaum Cancer Center
    22 S. Greene Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Phone: 410.605.7233 (VA Baltimore)

    Baltimore VA Medical Center
    10 North Greene Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    (410) 605-7000
Dr. Robert CameronDr. Robert Cameron - Los Angeles, California
  • Dr. Cameron is a surgical oncologist with expertise in treating mesothelioma patients at the UCLA Medical School.
  • Dr. Robert Cameron is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Pacific Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (PHLBI, Dr. Cameron has been at the forefront of developing innovative therapies for extending the lives of mesothelioma patients. Dr. Cameron's research plan for PHLBI includes programs involving Immunotherapy and Screening/Early Detection/Prevention. Dr. Cameron's research plan also includes investigation into much-needed administrative improvements in medical care which will provide patients with additional knowledge, security, and control regarding their treatment.
  • 11818 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
    Los Angeles, California 90025
    Phone: 310.794.7333 or 310.231.2130
  • "Improved Survival with Interferon Alpha Maintenance Therapy Following pleurectomy / decortication and Radiation for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma," as presented by Dr. Robert Cameron to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, January 30, 2006.
  • EPP vs P/D: The Great Debate. Dr. Cameron favors the Pleurectormy/Decortication (10/29/06)
  • Anatomy of a Successful P/D (photos). Dr. Robert Cameron, September 13, 2005
  • "Rational Versus Radical Therapy For Mesothelioma: A New Approach," Dr. Robert Cameron, UCLA Medical School, presented at MARF Symposium in Las Vegas, October 16, 2004. Copyright of Dr. Robert Cameron. Do not copy without permission (11/18/04)
  • UCLA Proposes Comprehensive Mesothelioma Translational Research Program (5/10/04)

Dr. Alexander Farivar - Seattle, Washington

  • Dr. Farivar is the Director of Pleural Disease at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle. He has expertise in Esophageal and Thoracic Surgery at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle.
  • Swedish Cancer Institute
    1221 Madison Street suite 400
    Seattle, WA 98104
    Phone: 206.215.6800
no photojablons availableDr. David Jablons - San Francisco, California
  • Mt. Zion Medical Center/USCF
    2330 Post Street, Suite 420
    San Francisco, CA 94143-1674
    Phone: 415.885.3882
  • West Coast Medical Expert Update Dr. David Jablons, San Francisco, CA.
  • Resection and Intraoperative Radiotherapy (IORT) followed by Three Dimensional Conformal Radiotherapy +/- Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Malignant Mesothelioma.
  • In vitro and in vivo expression of IL-4 receptors on human malignant mesothelioma: implications for therapy.
Dr.-Larry-KaiserDr. Larry Kaiser - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Kaiser is a cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Lung Cancer & Related Disorders.
    University of Pennsylvania
    4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
    Phone: 215.662.7538;
Dr. Brian LoggieDr. Brian Loggie - Omaha, Nebraska
  • Dr. Loggie is Professor of Surgery and Director for:
    Cancer Center
    Creighton University Medical Center
    601 N. 30th St, Suite 3700
    Omaha, NE 68131
    Phone: 420-280-4100
  • Treatment and Prevention of Malignant Ascites Associated with Disseminated Intraperitoneal Malignancies by Aggressive Combined-Modality Therapy (9/29/04)
  • Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy (IPHC) for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis and Malignant Ascites. Creighton University Medical Center (CUMU) Cancer Center (9/29/04)
  • "Promising" Results from Peritoneal Mesothelioma Studies at NCI and Wake Forest, December 20, 1997
Dr.-Harvey-PassDr. Harvey Pass - New York, New York
  • Dr. Harvey Pass is Professor and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology at the New York University School of Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Pass has studied pleural mesothelioma since 1988 when he was the Head of Thoracic Oncology and Senior Investigator of the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda. Dr. Pass combines cytoreductive surgery, either EPP or pleurectomy, with innovative or standard adjuvant therapies including novel antiangiogenesis inhibitors postoperatively or chemotherapy combinations. His Thoracic Oncology laboratory is pursuing the study of proteins (proteomics) and gene expression profiles in mesothelioma to develop new early detection strategies, as well as designing alternate innovative treatments which use novel proteins as targets for mesothelioma.
  • Curriculum Vitae (resume), Dr. Harvey Pass. March 26, 2003
  • Dr. Pass is the Chairman of the Science Advisory Board of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF).
  • Professor and Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology
    Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    NYU School of Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center
    530 1 st Avenue, 9V
    New York, New York 10016
    Phone: 212.263.7417
  • Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma: Surgical Roles and Novel Therapies, preface by RGW (2/7/02)
  • Photo Dynamic Therapy, Surgery by Dr. Harvey Pass and Chemotherapy Help 35 Year Old's Battle Against Mesothelioma
  • Preoperative Tumor Volume is Associated With Outcome in MM, (2/8/98)
  • Update on Dr. Harvey Pass' Research: (10/6/97)
Dr. Lary A. RobinsonDr. Lary A. Robinson - Tampa, Florida
  • Dr. Robinson is a thoracic surgical oncologist with expertise in treating mesothelioma patients.
  • Dr. Robinson is on the Science Advisory Board of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF).
    H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
    12902 Magnolia Drive
    Tampa, Florida 33612-9497
    Phone: 813.979.3050
  • Thoracic Surgeon, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Florida
no phoDr. Valerie Ruschto availableDr. Valerie Rusch - New York, New York
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    1275 York Avenue
    New York, NY 10021
    Phone: 212.639.5873
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Dr. W. Roy SmytheDr. W. Roy Smythe - Temple, Texas
  • Dr. W. Roy Smythe is involved in the surgical diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma patients. He has designed a pilot protocol at M. D. Anderson for malignant pleural mesothelioma involving aggressive surgical therapy followed by intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). In the laboratory, he was involved in the initial research work evaluating gene therapy for this disease in the mid 1990's at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently evaluating a number of novel gene therapy and molecular approaches to the treatment of this disease, and hopes to bring one or more of these to the clinic in the next year.
  • Curriculum Vitae (resume), Dr. W.Roy Smythe. October 16, 2001
  • Dr. Smythe is on the Science Advisory Board of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF).
  • Preclinical Data of Introgen's INGN 241 Demonstrate Broad Anti-Cancer Activity In Multiple Tumor Types as Monotherapy and in Combination; Update on Gene Therapy Research at MDA under Dr. Roy Smythe (6/14/01)
  • Dr. W. Roy Smythe
    Professor & Chairman
    Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center
    Scott & White Hospital and Clinic
    Department of Surgery
    2401 South 31st Street
    Temple, TX 76501
    Phone: 254.724.2595
    Fax: 254.724.2786
Dr.-David-SugarbakerDr. DavidSugarbaker - Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dr. Sugarbaker is a surgical oncologist with expertise in treating mesothelioma patients. Dr. Sugarbaker has pioneered the "tri-modal" therapy approach.
    Brigham & Womens Hospital
    75 Francis Street, Boston
    Massachusetts 02115
    Phone: 617.732.6824
  • Multimodality Management of MM: Dr. David Sugarbaker, January 1999
  • Current Therapy for Mesothelioma, Sugarbaker et al, 1997
    The Division of Thoracic Surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston Massachusetts provides diagnostic and treatment services to patients with benign and malignant neoplasms and other disorders of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum and chest wall. Their website provides complete review of services available, how to set up an appointment, whom to call, and how to prepare for surgery and rehabilitate afterwards. Check it out.
no photoDr.-Paul-Sugarbaker availableDr. Paul Sugarbaker- Washingon , D. C.
  • Sugarbaker Oncology Associates, P.C.
    110 Irving St., NW
    Washington, DC 20010
    Phone: 202.877.3908
    email: n/a
  • Sugarbaker Oncology Associates, Washington Cancer Institute, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. "We specialize in the surgical treatment of cancers that arise in the gastrointestinal tract, such as abdominal (Peritoneal) mesotheliomas."
​​​​Dr. Robertt TaubDr. Robertt Taub - New York, New York
  • Dr. Taub is a medical oncologist who directs the Connective Tissue Oncology Program at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, where there are a number of ongoing multimodality studies of patients with pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma.
  • Dr. Taub is on the Science Advisory Board of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF).
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
    161 Fort Washington Avenue
    New York, New York 10032
    Phone: 212.305.4076
  • Phase II Trial of Combined Resection, Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy, and Whole Abdominal Radiation for Treatment of Peritoneal Mesothelioma (11/14/01)
  • New Trial Using Tri-Modal Therapy for Peritoneal Mesothelioma in New York with Dr. Robert N. Taub.
Dr. Eric VallieresDr. Eric Vallieres - Seattle, Washington
  • Dr. Vallières is a surgical oncologist who since 1997 has been the principal investigator of a Phase II multi-modal trial for mesothelioma patients at the University of Washington Medical Center. He now practices at the Swedish Cancer Institute.
  • Dr. Vallières is on the Science Advisory Board of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF).

    University of Washington School of Medicine
    Eric Vallières MD FRCSC
    Thoracic Oncology
    Swedish Cancer Institute
    1221 Madison Street suite 400
    Seattle, WA 98104
    Phone: 206.-215.6800
    Fax: 206.215.6801
  • Dr. Eric Vallières: Engaged on all Fronts. Seattle, Washington
Dr. Claire VerschraegenDr. ClaireVerschraegen - Burlington, VT
  • Dr. Verschraegen is the Professor of Medicine and Director of the Hemotology/Oncology Division at the University of Vermont.
  • Dr. Verschraegen was on the Science Advisory Board of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation ( MARF).
  • Hematology/Oncology Division
    UVM Given College of Medicine Building
    89 Beaumont Avenue, Suite E-214
    Burlington, VT 05405, USA
    Phone: (802) 656-5487
Dr. Nicholas VogelzangDr. Nicholas Vogelzang - Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Dr. Vogelzang is a thoracic surgical oncologist with interests in clinical trials in genitourinary malignancies and mesothelioma. He is a recognized expert in new therapies for patients with metastatic kidney cancer, including genetic therapy, new cytokine therapy, and combination.
  • Therapeutic Progress in Malignant Mesothelioma by Nicholas J. Vogelzang, MD. A summary of the diagnosing, staging, treatment approaches (including pemetrexed) and additional trials. (4/27/05)
  • Dr. Vogelzang is on the Board of Directors of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation ( MARF).
    Nevada Cancer Institute
    10000 W.Charleston Blvd., Suite 260
    Las Vegas, NV 89135
    Phone: 702.821.0000
  • ASCO Reports on Intracavitary Hyperthermic Chemo, FDG-PET Scan Prognostication, and Alimta/Cisplatin Quality of Life (6/12/03)
  • Unresectable Mesothelioma: A New Standard of Care (5/29/02)

"Mesothelioma of the pleura, peritoneum,pericardium, and tunica vaginalis is a very rare malignancy which takes the lives of 3-5 wonderful people per day in the USA. It cause significant suffering, pain, shortness of breath, abdominal bloating and weight loss which are often resistant to all medical care. It is a disease which most medical,surgical and radiation oncologists have little or no experience in treating due to its rarity, and sadly many such physicians do not wish to become involved in the treatment of the disease because treatments have been so ineffective. In spite of this sad state of affairs a few oncologists have worked and struggled for the past 10-20 years to improve the care and outcome of such patients. We are delighted to finally have a support group such as MARF helping with the struggle. Just as the breast, prostate and colon cancer support groups have mobilized research funds, so MARF will do. Patients and their families must get involved and MARF is a way for them to do so." Dr. Nicholas Vogelzan