Theodore Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D.

Theodore Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D.

As director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Theodore S. Lawrence is responsible for coordinating all cancer activities related to research and patient care. Lawrence, the Max S. Wicha M.D. Distinguished Professor of Oncology, is also chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology.

He is president of the Radiation Oncology Institute, which is devoted to supporting research in radiation oncology, immediate past president of the Society of Chairs of Radiation Oncology, and a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has been president and chair of the board of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), chair of the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Councilors, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He has received the ASTRO Gold Medal, the highest award conferred by the society, an ASCO Statesman Award, and the 2014 Outstanding Investigator Award from the Radiological Society of North America.

Dr. Lawrence’s interests in the laboratory are focused on chemotherapeutic and molecularly targeted radiosensitizers. His clinical research combines these laboratory studies with conformal radiation guided by metabolic and functional imaging for the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal malignancies. He is the author of over 250 peer-reviewed publications and 30 book chapters. He is the editor of Translational Oncology, an editor of The Cancer Journal, the associate editor of Seminars in Radiation Oncology, and a senior editor for Cancer Research, and a past associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He is an editor, along with Drs. Rosenberg and DeVita, of The Principles and Practice of Oncology.

Dr. Lawrence joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1987, following a fellowship in medical oncology and a residency in radiation oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He received his research degree in cell biology from the Rockefeller University in New York, followed by his medical degree from Cornell University and an internal medicine residency at Stanford University.

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Other University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Leaders

Eric R. Fearon, M.D., Ph.D. Eric R. Fearon, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director and Associate Director for Basic Science Research.
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Scott Wood Scott Wood
Chief Administrative Officer
Alon Weizer, M.D. Alon Weizer, M.D., Ambulatory Medical Director.
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Samuel Sliver, MD Samuel Silver, M.D., Network Physician Lead
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Elizabeth Lawlor, MDPhD Elizabeth Lawlor, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Director for Education and Training
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Moshe Talpaz, MD Moshe Talpaz, M.D., Associate Director of Translational Research
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Bramar Mukherjee, PhD Bhramar Mukherjee, Ph.D. Associate Director for Population Sciences
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Jeremy Taylor, Ph.D. Jeremy Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Director, Biostatistics Unit
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TBD: Inpatient Physician Lead and Associate Director for Clinical Research.

-updated 04.2016

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