Jakub Svoboda, MD

faculty photo
Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Division of Hematology Oncology
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
12th Floor, South Pavilion
Office #12-158
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-614-1846
Fax: 215-615-5888
B.A. (Biology)
Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA), 1994.
M.D. (Medicine)
Yale University School of Medicine, 2000.
Permanent link
> Perelman School of Medicine   > Faculty   > Details

Description of Research Expertise

My research and clinical interests focus on improving outcomes in patients with lymphomas. I am interested in the use of novel agents and cellular therapies. I also have been involved in research activities using molecular imaging to predict response to therapy. During my fellowship, I published work that helped to define the role of PET scans in patients undergoing autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) for relapsed lymphoma. It showed that residual activity on pre-ASCT PET scan is associated with poor outcomes after ASCT. I later designed the first clinical trial based on these findings using lenalidomide maintenance after ASCT for patients with relapsed lymphomas who had residual PET positive disease prior ASCT. The phase I portion of the trial has successfully completed and currently phase II continues to actively enroll patients. My other active investigator initiated trial is using a combination of a novel antibody based agent brentuximab with traditional chemotherapy for patients with CD30+ B-cell lymphomas. It is now being opened at two other institutions and I am serving as multi-site PI. I also actively participate in trials using cellular therapies (CART19) in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphomas. In the future, I would like to concentrate mainly on Hodgkin lymphoma since I am fascinated by the immunology of this disease and there is a great need to develop less toxic therapies for this lymphoma subtype affecting mostly young adults. I am working on establishing a comprehensive program for patients with Hodgkin lymphoma at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also the principal investigator on the first trial using cellular therapy with CART19 cells in Hodgkin lymphoma. I am hoping to expand this novel approach for Hodgkin lymphoma patients with relapsed/refractory disease and further develop immune based therapies in this setting.

Selected Publications

SM Bair, L Strelec, SJ Nagle, SD Nasta, DJ Landsburg, AR Mato, AW Loren, SJ Schuster, EA Stadtmauer, J Svoboda: Outcomes of patients with relapsed/refractory Hodgkin lymphoma progressing after autologous stem cell transplant in the current era of novel therapeutics: A retrospective analysis. American Journal of Hematology May 2017.

AR Mato, BT Hill, N Lamanna, PM Barr, CS Ujjani, DM Brander, C Howlett, AP Skarbnik, BD Cheson, CS Zent, JJ Pu, P Kiselev, K Foon, J Lenhart, S Henick Bachow, AM Winter, A-L Cruz, DF Claxton, A Goy, C Daniel, K Isaac, KH Kennard, C Timlin, M Fanning, L Gashonia, M Yacur, J Svoboda, SJ Schuster, C Nabhan: Optimal sequencing of ibrutinib, idelalisib, and venetoclax in chronic lymphocytic leukemia: results from a multicenter study of 683 patients. Annals of Oncology 28(5): 1050-1056, January 2017.

Nirav N Shah, Nandita Mitra, Joshua Brikman, Sunita Nasta, Daniel Landsburg, Anthony Mato, Dan Vogl, Noelle Frey, Stephen J Schuster, and Jakub Svoboda: Split-dose R-CHOP: a new approach to administer cytotoxic chemo-immunotherapy to elderly patients with DLBCL. The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology November 2016.

Anthony R. Mato, Chadi Nabhan, Paul M. Barr, Chaitra S. Ujjani, Brian T. Hill, Nicole Lamanna, Alan P. Skarbnik, Christina Howlett, Jeffrey J. Pu, Alison R. Sehgal, Lauren E. Strelec, Alexandra Vandegrift, Danielle M. Fitzpatrick, Clive S. Zent, Tatyana Feldman, Andre Goy, David F. Claxton, Spencer Henick Bachow, Gurbakhash Kaur, Jakub Svoboda, Sunita Dwivedy Nasta, David Porter, Daniel J. Landsburg, Stephen J. Schuster, Bruce D. Cheson, Pavel Kiselev and Andrew M. Evens: Outcomes of CLL patients treated with sequential kinase inhibitor therapy: a real world experience. Blood September 2016 Notes: [Epub ahead of print.]

Clinton Yam, Daniel J. Landsburg, Kevin T. Nead, Xinyi Lin, Anthony R. Mato, Jakub Svoboda, Alison W. Loren, Noelle V. Frey, Edward A. Stadtmauer, David L. Porter, Stephen J. Schuster, Sunita D. Nasta: Autologous stem cell transplantation in first complete remission may not extend progression-free survival in patients with peripheral T cell lymphomas. American Journal of Hematology 91(7): 672–676, July 2016.

Anthony R. Mato, Prioty Islam, Catherine Daniel, Lauren Strelec, Adam H. Kaye, Sarah Brooks, Alex Ganetsky, Sunita Nasta, David L. Porter, Jakub Svoboda, Chadi Nabhan and Stephen J. Schuster: Ibrutinib-induced pneumonitis in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Blood 127(8), February 2016.

Ruan, J., Martin, P., Shah, B., Schuster, S.J., Smith, S.M., Furman, R.R., Christos, P., Rodriguez, A., Svoboda, J., Lewis, J., Katz, O., Coleman, M., and Leonard, J.P.: Lenalidomide Plus Rituximab as Initial Treatment for Mantle Cell Lymphoma. New England Journal of Medicine 373(19): 1835-44, Nov 5 2015.

Marlise R. Luskin, Alex Ganetsky, Daniel Landsburg, Alison W. Loren, David Porter, Sunita Nasta, Jakub Svoboda, Selina Luger, Noelle Frey.: Nelarabine, cyclosphosphamide, and etoposide (NCE) for adults with relapsed T acute lymphoblastic leukemia and lymphoma. British Journal of Haematology 25, Sept 2015 Notes: Accepted for publication 8/13/2015. doi: 10.1111/bjh.13771.

Huntington Scott F, Svoboda Jakub, Doshi Jalpa A: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Routine Surveillance Imaging of Patients With Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma in First Remission. Journal of Clinical Oncology 33(13): 1467-74, May 2015.

Howlett Christina, Snedecor Sonya J, Landsburg Daniel J, Svoboda Jakub, Chong Elise A, Schuster Stephen J, Nasta Sunita Dwivedy, Feldman Tatyana, Rago Allison, Walsh Kristy M, Weber Scott, Goy Andre, Mato Anthony: Front-line, dose-escalated immunochemotherapy is associated with a significant progression-free survival advantage in patients with double-hit lymphomas: a systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Haematology 170(4): 504-14, Aug 2015.

back to top
Last updated: 02/15/2018
The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania