Richard B. Womer, MD

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Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3501 Civic Center Boulevard
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 590-2229
B.A. (Biology)
University of Rochester, 1974.
University of Rochester, 1978.
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Description of Research Expertise

I conduct clinical and translational research on sarcomas in children, adolescents, and young adults, mostly through the Children's Oncology Group. My current projects include fusions of clinical and biological data from the COG AEWS0031 Ewing sarcoma study (which I chaired), and secondary clinical analyses of data from combined data sets including AEWS0031. As a member of the Executive Committee of the COG Bone Tumor Committee, I help determine the directions and priorities of its projects.

I also have a longstanding interest in medication safety, particularly chemotherapy safety, and co-chair a COG effort to standardize chemotherapy dosing and administration across diseases and protocols. Our committee has just begun to publish the results of this work.

Description of Clinical Expertise

My clinical practice in pediatric oncology focuses on solid tumors in children, particularly connective tissue tumors. These include soft tissue sarcomas (rhabdomyosarcoma and others), bone sarcomas (osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma), and fibromatoses.

Description of Other Expertise

I am almost always eager to discuss photography, choral singing, cooking, home brewing, canoeing, or hiking.

Selected Publications

Vogel J, Both S, Kirk M, Chao HH, Bagatell R, Li Y, Womer R, Balamuth N, Reilly A, Kurtz G, Lustig R, Tochner Z, Hill-Kayser C: Proton therapy for pediatric head and neck malignancies. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 2018.

Fox E, Levin K, Zhu Y, Segers B, Balamuth N, Womer R, Bagatell R, Balis F: Pantoprazole, an inhibitor of the organic cation transporter 2, does not ameliorate cisplatin-related ototoxicity or nephrotoxicity in children and adolescents with newly diagnosed osteosarcoma treated with methotrexate, doxorubicin, and cisplatin. Oncologist 2018.

Balis FM, Womer RB, Berg S, Winick N, Adamson PC, Fox E, Children’s Oncology Group Chemotherapy Standardization Task Force: : Dosing anticancer drugs in infants: Current approach and recommendations from the Children’s Oncology Group Chemotherapy Standardization Task Force. Pediatric Blood and Cancer May 2017.

MacFarland SP, Sullivan LM, States LJ, Bailey LC, Balamuth NJ, Womer RB, Olson TS: Management of refractory pediatric Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma with sirolimus and aspirin. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 2017.

Kadhim M, Womer RB, Dormans JP: Surgical treatment of pelvic sarcomas in children: Outcomes for twenty-six patients. International Orthopaedics 2017.

Cash T, McIlvaine E, Krailo MD, Lessnick S, Lawlor ER, Laack N, Sorger J, Marina N, Grier HE, Granowetter L, Womer RB, Dubois SG: Comparison of clinical features and outcomes in patients with extraskeletal versus skeletal Ewing sarcoma: A report from the Children's Oncology Group. American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 63(10): 1771-1779, Oct 2016.

Daw NC, Laack NN, McIlvaine EJ, Krailo M, Womer RB, Granowetter L, Grier HE, Marina NM, Bernstein ML, Gebhardt MC, Marcus KJ, Advani SM, Healey JH, Letson GD, Gorlick RG, Randall RL: Local control modality and outcome in Ewing sarcoma of the femur: A report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Annals of Surgical Oncology 23(11): 3541-3547, Oct 2016.

Kieuhoa TV, Edwards JV, Epling CL, Sinclair E, Hawkins DS, Grier HE, Janeway KA, Barnette P, McIlvaine E, Krailo MD, Barkauskas DA, Matthay KK, Womer RB, Gorlick RG, Lessnick SL, Mackall CL, DuBois SG: Impact of two different measures of micrometastatic disease on clinical outcomes in patients with newly diagnosed Ewing sarcoma: A report from the Children's Oncology Group Clinical Cancer Research 22: 3643-3650, July 2016.

Mascarenhas L, Felgenhauer JL, Bond MC, Villaluna D, Femino JD Laack NN, Ranganathan S, Meyer J, Womer RB, Gorlick R, Krailo MD, Marina N: Pilot study of adding vincristine, topotecan, and cyclophosphamide to interval-Compressed chemotherapy in newly diagnosed patients with localized Ewing Sarcoma: A report from the Children's Oncology Group. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 63: 493-498, Mar 2016.

Isakoff MS, Goldsby R, Villaluna D, Krailo MD, Gorlick R, Doski JJ, Womer RB, Janeway KA: Rapid protocol enrollment in osteosarcoma: A report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Pediatric Blood and Cancer 63, Feb 2016.

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Last updated: 04/10/2018
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