Lawrence Nathan Shulman, MD

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Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

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Abramson Cancer Center
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
South Pavilion, 12-111
Philadelphia, PA 19104
B.A. (Organic Chemistry)
Syracuse University, 1971.
M.D. (Medicine)
Harvard Medical School, 1975.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Lawrence N. Shulman, M.D., is the Deputy Director for Clinical Services of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of their newly formed Center for Global Cancer Medicine. He has a leadership role in the strategic development of cancer services for the Cancer Center and its affiliated hospitals. He also leads the Cancer Quality program for the University of Pennsylvania’s Health System.

Dr. Shulman is the former Chair of American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Quality of Care Committee. He is the Chair of the Commission on Cancer’s Quality Integration Committee. He is Chair-elect of the Commission on Cancer. He has been nominated to serve on the National Cancer Policy Forum of the National Academy, a role he will assume in 2017.

Dr. Shulman serves as Senior Oncology Advisor to Partners In Health (PIH), a non-profit organization co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl in 1987. Over the past five years, PIH has expanded its mission to include supporting the establishment of national cancer treatment programs with the Ministries of Health in Rwanda and Haiti, programs for which he plays a leadership role. In addition he works with the cancer program in Botswana through the Botswana-University of Pennsylvania Partnership. Dr. Shulman is a member of ASCO’s International Affairs Committee, and was a member of their Global Oncology Leadership Task Force.

A specialist in the treatment of patients with breast cancer, his research includes development of new cancer therapies, and implementation of cancer treatment programs in low-resource settings.

He received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and trained in Hematology and Oncology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA.

Selected Publications

Rubagumya F, Xu MJ, May L, Driscoll C, Uwizeye FR, Shyirambere C, Larrabee K, Gilbert UD, Muhayimana C, Hategekimana V, Elmore S, Mpunga T, Moore M, Shulman LN, Lehmann L: Outcomes of a low intensity treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence in Rwanda. J Global Oncol(4), 1-11, Sept 2018.

O’Neil DS, Keating NL, Dusengimana JM, Hategekimana V, Umwizera A, Mpunga T, Shulman LN, Pace LE: Quality of breast cancer treatment at a rural cancer center in Rwanda. J Global Oncol(4), 1-11, Sep 2018.

Martei YM, Chiyapo S, Grover S, Ramogola-Masire D, Dryden-Peterson S, Shulman LN, Tapela N.: Availability of WHO Essential Medicines for Cancer Treatment in Botswana. J Glob Oncol(4), 1-8, Sep 2018.

Pace LE, Dusengimana JV, Keating NL, Hategekimana V, Rugema V, Bigirimana JB, Costas-Chavarri A, Umwizera A, Park PH, Shulman LN, Mpunga T: Impact of Breast Cancer Early Detection Training on Rwandan Health Workers' Knowledge and Skills. J Glob Oncol(4), 1-10, Sep 2018.

Martei YM, Chiyapo S, Grover S, Hanna C, Dryden-Peterson S, Pusoentsi M, Shulman LN, Tapela N: Methodology to Forecast Volume and Cost of Cancer Drugs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. J Glob Oncol(4), 1-8, Sep 2018.

Muvugabigwi G, Nshimiyimana I, Greenberg L, Hakizimana E, Ruhangaza D, Benewe O, Bhai K, Pepoon JR, Fehr AE, Park PH, Butonzi J, Shyirambere C, Manirakiza A, Rusangwa C, Milner D, Mpunga T, Shulman LN: Decreasing histology turnaround time through stepwise innovation and capacity building in Rwanda. J Global Oncol(4), 1-6, Sep 2018.

Hortobagyi GN, Pyle D, Cazap EL, El Saghir NS, Shulman LN, Lyman GH, Schnipper LE, Adebamowo CA, Gandara DR, Vose J, Wong SL, Yu P: American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Global Oncology Leadership Task Force: Findings and Actions. J Global Oncol(4), 1-8, Sept 2018.

Neal C, Rusangwa C, Borg R, Tapela N, Mugunga JC, Shyirambere C, Ntakirutimana E, Park PH, Shulman LN, Mpunga T: Cost of providing quality cancer care at the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence in Rwanda. J Global Oncol(4), 1-7, Sep 2018.

Garcia-Gonzalez P, Lopes G, Schwartz E, Shulman LN: The Role of Humanitarian Donations in Decreasing Preventable Mortality From Cancer in Low-Income Countries: Models to Improve Access to Life-Saving Medicines. J Glob Oncol(4), 1-3, Jul 2018.

De La Cruz LM, Shulman LN: 'Under' Surveillance: Impact of Race and Socioeconomic Status on Post-Treatment Breast Cancer Imaging. Ann Surg Oncol 25(6): 1456-1457, June 2018.

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Last updated: 10/17/2018
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